Lionel Messi

Born: June 24, 1987 (age 30)

Height: 5'6.5" (170cm)
Weight: 11st 5lb (72kg)

Hometown: Rosario, Argentina
Nationality: Argentina Argentine

Position: Forward
Team: Barcelona (no. 10)
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Career History
Youth2000-2003Barcelona
Senior2004-Barcelona
International2005-Argentina
Sports Mole has 4,002 articles about Lionel Messi. Articles 1 to 40:
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.
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
Neymar in action for Paris Saint-Germain on November 22, 2017
Unai Emery: 'Neymar is the leader at Paris Saint-Germain'
Departing Paris Saint-Germain head coach Unai Emery believes that Brazil forward Neymar is "the leader" at the Parc des Princes.
May 3, 21:14
Andres Iniesta in action for Barcelona in December 2016
Thierry Henry pays tribute to former Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta
Thierry Henry pays tribute to former Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta, describing the Spaniard as "a joy to play with" and akin to "Superman" with the ball.
May 3, 20:18
David de Gea in action for Manchester United in November 2017
Jose Mourinho hails award-winning David de Gea
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho hails David de Gea after the Spanish goalkeeper was named the club's Player of the Year for a record-breaking fourth time.
May 3, 15:34
Luis Suarez celebrates scoring during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Real Madrid on December 3, 2016
Luis Suarez's record vs. Real Madrid
Sports Mole looks at how Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has performed against this weekend's opponents Real Madrid during his career.
May 3, 12:15
Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona on January 28, 2018
Lionel Messi's record vs. Real Madrid
Ahead of Barcelona's meeting with Real Madrid this weekend, Sports Mole looks at Lionel Messi's scoring return in El Clasico.
May 3, 11:15
Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the second during the Champions League semi-final game between Liverpool and Roma on April 24, 2018
Ahmed Elmohamady: 'Mohamed Salah yet to match Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo'
Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah is not yet at the level of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Egypt teammate Ahmed Elmohamady.
May 2, 19:16
Lionel Messi pictured in February 2018
Result: Barcelona win La Liga title at Deportivo La Coruna
Barcelona win the 2017-18 La Liga title courtesy of a 4-2 victory over Deportivo La Coruna at the Estadio Riazor on Sunday night.
Apr 29, 21:34
Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the second during the Champions League semi-final game between Liverpool and Roma on April 24, 2018
Paul Lambert: 'Mohamed Salah yet to match Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo'
Stoke City boss Paul Lambert says that Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah still has work to do in order to be compared to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Apr 28, 09:25
Cristiano Ronaldo scores an overhead goal during Real Madrid's 3-0 win at Juventus in the Champions League on April 3, 2018
Gary Neville: 'Only Cristiano Ronaldo can win Ballon d'Or'
Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville claims that only Cristiano Ronaldo can win the Ballon d'Or this year, amid growing belief that Mohamed Salah could challenge.
Apr 26, 17:09
Mohamed Salah scores during the Champions League quarter-final second leg between Manchester City and Liverpool on April 10, 2018
Dejan Lovren: Mohamed Salah "is becoming a superstar"
Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren hails Mohamed Salah as a "superstar" after netting 43 goals for the Reds in all competitions this season.
Apr 26, 14:09
Mohamed Salah celebrates during the Premier League game between Liverpool and Watford on March 17, 2018
Steven Gerrard: 'Mohamed Salah best player in world right now'
Steven Gerrard deems Mohamed Salah "the best player on the planet right now" following the Egyptian's display in Liverpool's 5-2 Champions League win over Roma.
Apr 25, 19:53
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring during the Champions League game between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid on September 26, 2017
Joshua Kimmich: 'Cristiano Ronaldo more complete than Lionel Messi'
Joshua Kimmich acknowledges the size of the task Bayern Munich face to keep Cristiano Ronaldo quiet in their Champions League semi-final double-header.
Apr 24, 15:09
Neymar in action for Paris Saint-Germain on November 22, 2017
Brazil legend Rivaldo advises Neymar to leave Paris Saint-Germain
Brazil legend Rivaldo says that Neymar must leave Paris Saint-Germain if he is to be regarded as the best player in the world.
Apr 23, 09:41
Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona on January 28, 2018
Result: Barcelona thrash Sevilla to retain Copa del Rey at Wanda Metropolitano
Barcelona produce an emphatic 5-0 win over Sevilla at the Wanda Metropolitano in order to claim their 30th Copa del Rey crown and retain the cup for a fourth season.
Apr 21, 22:20
Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal thinks he's got away with it on October 16, 2016
Swansea City to give Premier League champions Manchester City guard of honour
Swansea City boss Carlos Carvalhal congratulates Manchester City on winning the Premier League title and confirms his team will give them a guard of honour on Sunday.
Apr 19, 20:08
Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona on January 28, 2018
Preview: Sevilla vs. Barcelona - prediction, team news, lineups
Sports Mole previews the Copa del Rey final action as Barcelona take on Sevilla at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid.
Apr 19, 15:50

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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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