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Lionel Messi Biography

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.
Basic Player Info
Full Name Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini
Nationality Argentina
Position Attacker
Current Club FC Barcelona
Shirt Number 10
Career
Clubs
FC Barcelona Jul 2004 - Present
National
Argentina Under 21 Jan 2008 - Aug 2008
Argentina Jan 2005 - Present
Stats
Clubs
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FC Barcelona
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Season Tournament Appearances Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards Minutes Played
2016/2017 Primera División 33 35 9 6 0 2742
UEFA Champions League 9 11 2 0 0 810
Copa del Rey 6 4 2 2 0 540
Super Cup 2 1 2 0 0 180
2015/2016 Primera División 33 26 16 3 0 2729
UEFA Champions League 7 6 1 1 0 630
Copa del Rey 5 5 3 1 0 480
Super Cup 2 1 0 0 0 180
UEFA Super Cup 1 2 0 0 0 120
2014/2015 Primera División 38 43 18 4 0 3374
UEFA Champions League 13 10 5 1 0 1146
Copa del Rey 6 5 2 1 0 540
2013/2014 Primera División 31 28 11 2 0 2502
UEFA Champions League 7 8 0 0 0 630
Copa del Rey 6 5 3 1 0 476
Super Cup 2 0 0 0 0 136
2012/2013 Primera División 32 46 12 1 0 2644
UEFA Champions League 11 8 2 0 0 826
Copa del Rey 5 4 1 1 0 442
Super Cup 2 2 0 0 0 180
2011/2012 Primera División 37 50 19 6 0 3267
UEFA Champions League 11 14 5 2 0 990
Copa del Rey 7 3 0 1 0 513
Super Cup 2 3 2 0 0 180
UEFA Super Cup 1 1 1 0 0 90
2010/2011 Primera División 33 31 21 3 0 2859
UEFA Champions League 13 12 4 0 0 1046
Copa del Rey 7 7 0 1 0 541
Super Cup 2 3 0 0 0 127
2009/2010 Primera División 35 34 9 3 0 2808
UEFA Champions League 11 8 0 0 0 987
Copa del Rey 3 1 0 1 0 211
UEFA Super Cup 1 0 1 1 0 120
Super Cup 1 2 0 0 0 90
2008/2009 Primera División 31 23 0 2 0 2517
UEFA Champions League 12 9 5 1 0 927
Copa del Rey 8 6 0
2007/2008 Primera División 28 10 0 2 0 2002
UEFA Champions League 9 6 0 2 0 727
Copa del Rey 3 0 0
2006/2007 Primera División 26 14 0 2 0 1990
UEFA Champions League 5 1 0 1 0 385
Super Cup 2 0 0
Copa del Rey 2 2 0
UEFA Super Cup 1 0 0 0 0 90
2005/2006 Primera División 17 6 0 2 0 915
UEFA Champions League 6 1 0 0 0 322
Copa del Rey 2 1 0
2004/2005 Primera División 7 1 0 0 0 76
Total 574 499 156 54 0 45087
National
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Argentina Under 21
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Season Tournament Appearances Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards Minutes Played
2008 Beijing Olympics 5 2 0 1 0 480
Total 5 2 0 1 0 480
Argentina
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Lionel Messi Latest News & Articles

5 tactical tweaks that will make Barcelona invincible next season
5 tactical tweaks that will make Barcelona invincible next season
FC Barcelona are down but not out, yet. Here are five tactical tweaks that can take Lionel Messi and co. back to the very top.
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique says he wants Juventus star to win Ballon d'Or
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique says he wants Juventus star to win Ballon d'Or
The Barcelona centre-back surprisingly did not pick teammate Messi for the award.
Golden Shoe 2016/17: Top 10 goal scorers in Europe this season
Golden Shoe 2016/17: Top 10 goal scorers in Europe this season
The best of the best goal scorers in Europe.
La Liga 2016/17: 5 reasons why Barcelona ceded the trophy to Real Madrid
La Liga 2016/17: 5 reasons why Barcelona ceded the trophy to Real Madrid
Barcelona lost out by just three points, but it could have been much more.
What Jorge Sampaoli's Argentina might look like
What Jorge Sampaoli's Argentina might look like
Sampaoli is all set to take charge of Argentina. But how will he line them up? A detailed analysis.
La Liga 2016/17, Barcelona 4-2 Eibar: Player Ratings
La Liga 2016/17, Barcelona 4-2 Eibar: Player Ratings
An inconsequential win for Barcelona as they relinquish their Spanish crown.
Five games that swung the title Real Madrid's way
Five games that swung the title Real Madrid's way
Real Madrid finally overcame bitter rivals Barcelona in a thrilling La Liga title race
Five ways Real Madrid broke Barca's La Liga stranglehold
Five ways Real Madrid broke Barca's La Liga stranglehold
Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo were pivotal in Real Madrid's first league triumph since 2011/12
Barcelona 4-2 Eibar: 5 Talking Points as Luis Enrique's side lose La Liga title to Real Madrid
Barcelona 4-2 Eibar: 5 Talking Points as Luis Enrique's side lose La Liga title to Real Madrid
Barcelona beat Eibar 4-2 courtesy of Lionel Messi's heroics but it was not enough to help them win the La Liga title.
Twitter explodes as Lionel Messi's heroics go in vain as Barcelona lose title to Real Madrid
Twitter explodes as Lionel Messi's heroics go in vain as Barcelona lose title to Real Madrid
Lionel Messi missed a penalty but scored twice - the second a truly magical goal - but it was not enough as Real Madrid won the title.
Reports: Manchester United join Barcelona in race for €110 million superstar's signing
Reports: Manchester United join Barcelona in race for €110 million superstar's signing
Paulo Dybala is now Jose Mourinho's top target for Manchester United
FIFA 17: 5 Barcelona players with better attacking attributes than Lionel Messi
FIFA 17: 5 Barcelona players with better attacking attributes than Lionel Messi
Even Lionel Messi does not have the overall best-attacking attributes at FC Barcelona
Who has the missed the most penalties in La Liga history?
Who has the missed the most penalties in La Liga history?
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Fernando Torres all feature on the list of the most penalty misses in La Liga history!
Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo - season by season comparison of their goal scoring records
Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo - season by season comparison of their goal scoring records
We compare Cristiano Ronaldo's and Lionel Messi's ludicrous goal-scoring records season by season!
Leaked: Barcelona's 3 kits for the 2017/18 season
Leaked: Barcelona's 3 kits for the 2017/18 season
Barcelona's three kits for the 2017/18 season featuring their new sponsor - Rakuten - have been leaked.
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