Lionel Messi

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho patrols the touchline during the 2018 FA Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley
Jose Mourinho tips one of four teams for World Cup glory
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes that one of Portugal, Argentina, Brazil and Spain will win this summer's World Cup.
Jun 3, 15:03
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah in action during the Premier League clash with Brighton on May 13, 2018
Philippe Coutinho tips Mohamed Salah, Neymar to shine at World Cup
Philippe Coutinho believes that fellow Brazil star Neymar and former Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah of Egypt will shine at this summer's World Cup in Russia.
Jun 3, 11:58
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo in action during the 2018 Champions League final against Liverpool in Kiev
Report: Cristiano Ronaldo asks Real Madrid for £1.35m-per-week salary in new deal
Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly tells the Real Madrid board that he wants a salary of £1.35m per week if he is to commit his future to the Bernabeu.
Jun 2, 13:46
Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona on January 28, 2018
Lionel Messi: 'Argentina are not World Cup candidates'
Lionel Messi says that he will continue to "dream" of lifting the World Cup with Argentina, even if his side 'are not serious contenders' this time around.
May 30, 17:27
Jordi Alba leaves the field injured in the Champions League match between Barcelona and Manchester City on October 19, 2016
Manchester United, Chelsea 'want Jordi Alba'
Manchester United and Chelsea are reportedly monitoring the situation of Barcelona full-back Jordi Alba ahead of a potential summer move.
May 30, 09:53
Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona on January 28, 2018
Barcelona's Lionel Messi reveals plans for Newell's Old Boys return
Barcelona star Lionel Messi reiterates plans to end his career at boyhood club Newell's Old Boys.
May 29, 22:22
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates scoring during his side's Champions League group game against Juventus at the Camp Nou on September 12, 2017
Top 5 Champions League goals of all time - #4
Sports Mole's countdown of the top five Champions League goals of all time continues with number four - Lionel Messi's solo run against Real Madrid.
May 29, 18:09
Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona on January 28, 2018
Arsene Wenger: 'Arsenal tried to sign Lionel Messi'
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reveals that he tried to bring Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique to the club from Barcelona alongside Cesc Fabregas in 2003.
May 28, 20:35
Carles Puyol playing for Barcelona
Carles Puyol 'furious over Real Madrid Champions League win'
Former Barcelona centre-back Carles Puyol admits that he is "furious" over Real Madrid's Champions League victory on Saturday night.
May 28, 18:51
Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona on January 28, 2018
Lionel Messi: 'I'm almost sure that Barcelona will be my only European club'
Barcelona star Lionel Messi reveals that it is highly unlikely he will play anywhere else in Europe, but may return to his old Argentine club one day.
May 28, 16:56
Cristiano Ronaldo trains with Real Madrid ahead of the Champions League final
Real Madrid ace Cristiano Ronaldo: 'I do not regret my comments'
Cristiano Ronaldo insists that he does not regret dropping a hint that his Real Madrid future is coming to an end, but concedes that the timing was wrong.
May 27, 19:11
Mohamed Salah celebrates during the Premier League game between Liverpool and Watford on March 17, 2018
Sergio Ramos: 'Mohamed Salah not yet at Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi level'
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos says that Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is not yet on the same level as either Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.
May 26, 17:57
Marcos Alonso celebrates during the Premier League game between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea on August 20, 2017
Lionel Messi wants Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso at Barcelona?
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi reportedly wants to see Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso make the switch to Camp Nou during the summer transfer window.
May 26, 13:18
Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah in action during his side's Premier League clash with Newcastle United at St James' Park on October 1, 2017
Jurgen Klopp: 'Mohamed Salah's long-term potential not important'
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is uninterested in whether Mohamed Salah can become the world's top player, but acknowledges that the forward has had an "outstanding" season.
May 25, 17:37
Mohamed Salah has a roll during the Premier League game between Liverpool and Swansea City on December 26, 2017
Brazilian legend Ronaldo: 'I love Mohamed Salah'
Former Real Madrid and Barcelona striker Ronaldo says that he is a huge fan of Mohamed Salah, comparing the Liverpool forward to Lionel Messi.
May 25, 16:50
Mohamed Salah celebrates during the Premier League game between Liverpool and Watford on March 17, 2018
Thomas Muller: 'Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah deserves to win Ballon d'Or'
Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller claims that Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah deserves to be considered a candidate for the Ballon d'Or.
May 25, 13:00
Kelechi Iheanacho in action for Leicester City on September 9, 2017
Kelechi Iheanacho looking forward to facing Lionel Messi
Nigeria forward Kelechi Iheanacho reveals that he is looking forward to taking on 'idol' Lionel Messi at the 2018 World Cup.
May 24, 19:51
Anthony Martial fires past Kurt Zouma for the second during the Premier League game between Manchester United and Stoke City on January 15, 2018
Louis Saha desperate for Anthony Martial to stay at Manchester United
Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha urges in-demand attacker Anthony Martial to stay at Old Trafford this summer.
May 23, 20:28
Andres Iniesta in action for Barcelona in December 2016
Andres Iniesta's greatest Barcelona XI
To mark Andres Iniesta's final game for Barcelona, Sports Mole selects the greatest XI from his illustrious career with the club.
May 22, 08:48
Carles Puyol playing for Barcelona
Top 10 Barcelona players of all time - #8
Sports Mole's countdown of Barcelona's top 10 players of all time continues with number eight - Carles Puyol.
May 21, 14:29
Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona on January 28, 2018
Lionel Messi wins fifth European Golden Shoe
Barcelona's Lionel Messi beats Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane to the European Golden Shoe, claiming the prestigious award for an unprecedented fifth time.
May 20, 22:48
Andres Iniesta in action for Barcelona in December 2016
Result: Barcelona beat Real Sociedad on Andres Iniesta's farewell
Philippe Coutinho scores the only goal of the game as Barcelona beat Real Sociedad 1-0 in Andres Iniesta's farewell appearance for the Spanish champions.
May 20, 21:42
Cristiano Ronaldo scores an overhead goal during Real Madrid's 3-0 win at Juventus in the Champions League on April 3, 2018
Video: Sports Mole Reader Awards - Overall Player of the Season
Find out who you voted for as the overall Player of the Season in Sports Mole's fourth annual Reader Awards.
May 20, 15:30
Alexis Sanchez in action during the Premier League game between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United on January 31, 2018
Paul Scholes: 'Alexis Sanchez cannot get any worse for Manchester United'
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes claims that Alexis Sanchez's performances for the club "can't get any worse" following his display in the FA Cup final.
May 20, 15:26
Cristiano Ronaldo scores an overhead goal during Real Madrid's 3-0 win at Juventus in the Champions League on April 3, 2018
Jurgen Klopp: 'Cristiano Ronaldo's scoring figures are crazy'
Jurgen Klopp talks up the "crazy" goalscoring ability of Cristiano Ronaldo, admitting that Mohamed Salah still has a long way to go before matching the Portuguese.
May 20, 11:56
Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona on January 28, 2018
Video: Sports Mole Reader Awards - La Liga Player of the Season
Find out who you voted for as the La Liga Player of the Season in Sports Mole's fourth annual Reader Awards.
May 20, 10:00
Lionel Messi pictured in February 2018
Ernesto Valverde: 'Lionel Messi will sit out final Barcelona match of season'
Ernesto Valverde reveals that Lionel Messi will not be involved in Barcelona's season finale against Real Sociedad on Sunday.
May 19, 18:32
Eden Hazard and Gerard Pique in action during the Champions League group game between Chelsea and Barcelona on February 20, 2018
Eden Hazard: 'I am not selfish enough to win Ballon d'Or'
Chelsea ace Eden Hazard suggests that he will have to alter his selfless mindset if he is to ever be considered the world's best footballer.
May 18, 19:18
Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates getting on the scoresheet during the Premier League game between Liverpool and Swansea City on December 26, 2017
Trent Alexander-Arnold relishing Cristiano Ronaldo test
Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold says that he is looking forward to the challenge of coming up against Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League final.
May 15, 15:41
Eden Hazard in action during the Premier League game between Manchester City and Chelsea on March 4, 2018
Ander Herrera: 'Eden Hazard is best player in Premier League'
Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera chooses Chelsea's Eden Hazard as the best player in the Premier League ahead of Saturday's FA Cup final between the two sides.
May 15, 14:01
Manuel Lanzini of Argentina in the international friendly against Italy on March 23, 2018
Argentina announce preliminary 2018 World Cup squad
Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli names his 35-man provisional squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
May 14, 19:39
Ernesto Valverde takes Barcelona training on February 19, 2018
Result: Barcelona lose nine-goal thriller at Levante
Barcelona's hopes of finishing the 2017-18 La Liga campaign unbeaten end courtesy of an incredible 5-4 loss at Levante.
May 13, 21:36
Ivan Rakitic in action for Barcelona on February 20, 2018
Live Commentary: Levante 5-4 Barcelona - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live coverage of the La Liga clash between Levante and Barcelona from Valencia, which finished 5-4.
May 13, 18:45
Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona on January 28, 2018
Result: Barcelona brush Villarreal aside to close in on unbeaten La Liga campaign
Barcelona thrash Villarreal 5-1 at the Camp Nou to close in on an historic unbeaten La Liga campaign.
May 9, 20:52
Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona on January 28, 2018
Live Commentary: Barcelona 5-1 Villarreal - as it happened
Relive Barcelona's emphatic 5-1 victory over Villarreal at Camp Nou with Sports Mole's live text coverage.
May 9, 18:00
Lionel Messi pictured in February 2018
Sergio Ramos: 'Lionel Messi put pressure on referee at half time of El Clasico'
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos accuses Lionel Messi of influencing the referee at half time of his side's 2-2 El Clasico draw against bitter rivals Barcelona.
May 7, 10:30
Gareth Bale in action for Real Madrid in September 2017
Result: Barcelona, Real Madrid play out entertaining draw at Camp Nou
Barcelona earn a 2-2 draw against Real Madrid at Camp Nou, despite playing the duration of the second half with 10 men.
May 6, 21:43
Cristiano Ronaldo scores past Gerard Pique during the Supercopa de Espana first-leg match between Barcelona and Real Madrid on August 13, 2017
Live Commentary: Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live text coverage of Barcelona's 2-2 draw with Real Madrid, as the hosts claimed a point despite being a man light for 45 minutes.
May 6, 19:14
Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona on January 28, 2018
Preview: Barcelona vs. Real Madrid - prediction, team news, lineups
Sports Mole previews the La Liga action as Barcelona welcome rivals Real Madrid as the sides meet in El Clasico at the Camp Nou.
May 4, 18:51
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos in action during his side's Champions League clash with Tottenham Hotspur
Combined XI: Barcelona vs. Real Madrid
Ahead of the final El Clasico showdown of the season, Sports Mole selects the strongest combined XI using players from both sides of the divide.
May 4, 10:55

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CBarcelona38289199297093
2Atletico MadridAtletico382310558223679
3Real Madrid382210694445076
4Valencia38227965382773
5Villarreal38187135750761
6Real Betis38186146061-160
7Sevilla38177144958-958
8Getafe381510134233955
9EibarEibar38149154450-651
10GironaGirona38149155059-951
11Espanyol381213133642-649
12Real Sociedad38147176659749
13Celta Vigo381310155960-149
14AlavesAlaves38152214050-1047
15Levante381113144458-1446
16Athletic Bilbao381013154149-843
17Leganes38127193451-1743
RDeportivo La CorunaDeportivo38611213876-3829
RLas PalmasLas Palmas3857262474-5022
RMalaga3855282461-3720

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