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Lionel Messi

BornJune 24, 1987

Lionel Andrés Messi is an Argentine football player who plays for FC Barcelona as a forward and is also the captain of the Argentina national team. Messi started his football career by playing for Barcelona's junior teams from the season 2000 to 2003. In the following years, Barcelona announced an update to Messi's contract, playing him as a first team member, and later extended the contract until June 2014. Messi was the top scorer at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship with six goals, two of which came in the final game. Shortly thereafter, Lionel became an established member of Argentina's senior international team and the youngest Argentine to play in the FIFA World Cup as well. He won a runners-up medal at the Copa América tournament the following year. In the season 2008-09, he won his first international honour, an Olympic gold medal with the Argentina Olympic football team. He won the Ballon d'Or award in 2009, and he also won the  FIFA World Player of the Year that year. He has since gone on to win the Ballon d'Or award a further 3 times, becoming the first player in history to win 4 Ballon d'Or awards.
La Liga 2017/18: 5 most impressive Barcelona players this season
La Liga 2017/18: 5 most impressive Barcelona players this season
These Barcelona players have been the most effective in the ongoing La Liga season.
5 records that neither Ronaldo or Messi have broken yet
5 records that neither Ronaldo or Messi have broken yet
Despite being the world's best players, there are some records which even the prolific duo have failed to conquer.
5 times the game was changed by a swing of Messi's left foot
5 times the game was changed by a swing of Messi's left foot
Legends of the man they call Leo Messi!
UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Best XI (first-leg)
UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Best XI (first-leg)
The best XI from the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16
5 of this season’s most impressive left footed attacking players excluding Lionel Messi
5 of this season’s most impressive left footed attacking players excluding Lionel Messi
Left-footed attacking players have been the rage in Europe this season, here is a look at 5 of the very best
5 reasons why English teams can win the Champions League
5 reasons why English teams can win the Champions League
English teams can win the Champions League this season and here are reasons why
4 players who made legends retire
4 players who made legends retire
Paul Scholes' recent revelation got us thinking.
5 reasons why Barcelona could end up trophy-less this season
5 reasons why Barcelona could end up trophy-less this season
Barcelona are on the verge of winning a treble of trebles, but they can yet mess it all up...
UEFA Champions League round of 16: 5 things we learned from the first leg matches
UEFA Champions League round of 16: 5 things we learned from the first leg matches
Here are some important deductions from the results of all the first leg fixtures.
Barcelona transfer news: Arthur medical and contract details, Hazard speaks to Messi about move, and more - 21st February 2018
Barcelona transfer news: Arthur medical and contract details, Hazard speaks to Messi about move, and more - 21st February 2018
All the transfer news and rumours of the day involving Barcelona Football Club
5 great players who have struggled against specific teams
5 great players who have struggled against specific teams
Lionel Messi finally scored against Chelsea but let's take a look at 5 great players who have also struggled against some specific teams
5 players (apart from Messi/Ronaldo) who have shown Ballon d’Or-worthy abilities this season
5 players (apart from Messi/Ronaldo) who have shown Ballon d’Or-worthy abilities this season
A look at 5 players who have delivered this season and could wrest the Ballon d'Or from the Dynamic Duo of Messi & Ronaldo
Chelsea 1-1 FC Barcelona: Tactical analysis
Chelsea 1-1 FC Barcelona: Tactical analysis
Chelsea's midfield masterclass stifled Barcelona in the first leg.
5 key stats following the 1-1 draw between Chelsea and Barcelona
5 key stats following the 1-1 draw between Chelsea and Barcelona
Here are some interesting numbers following yesterday's UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie.
Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona: 5 Talking Points
Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona: 5 Talking Points
A closer look at the major talking points from the Champions League round of 16 tie between Chelsea and Barcelona at Stamford Bridge.
Champions League 17/18: Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona - Player Ratings
Champions League 17/18: Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona - Player Ratings
Willian and Messi score as both sides have to settle with a draw in the 1st leg.
Lionel Messi breaks Chelsea curse to pull Barcelona level - and Twitter explodes 
Lionel Messi breaks Chelsea curse to pull Barcelona level - and Twitter explodes 
Barcelona and Chelsea finished level as Lionel Messi cancelled out Willian's goal, and Twitter went absolutely berserk
Top 10 contenders for the European Golden Shoe
Top 10 contenders for the European Golden Shoe
Here are the 10 players who are in a great position to win the coveted award.
How can Chelsea stop Barcelona and Messi?
How can Chelsea stop Barcelona and Messi?
Will Chelse continue their dominance against Barcelona?
Chelsea vs Barcelona: The 3 Key Battles
Chelsea vs Barcelona: The 3 Key Battles
Key battles that could decide Chelsea vs Barcelona
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