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Lionel Messi Biography & Latest News

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 20 19 4 3 0 1628
UEFA Champions League 6 10 2 0 0 540
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 558 482 151 51 0 43703
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 reasons why La Liga is better than the Premier League
5 reasons why La Liga is better than the Premier League
Not just Barcelona and Real Madrid - La Liga is quite a lot more than the Premier League
10 most valuable players in the world
10 most valuable players in the world
The market values of some of these players is astonishing
Rumour: Barcelona want Premier League manager to replace Luis Enrique
Rumour: Barcelona want Premier League manager to replace Luis Enrique
Pochettino is doing a great job at White Hart Lane and it's caught the eye on the Barcelona board
Reports: Lionel Messi wants three Barcelona players to be sold and Enrique sacked
Reports: Lionel Messi wants three Barcelona players to be sold and Enrique sacked
Lionel Messi wants some major changes at Barcelona
Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan gives his verdict
Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan gives his verdict
Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan has his say on the Ronaldo-Messi debate
Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza explains why Lionel Messi didn’t celebrate his goal against Leganes
Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza explains why Lionel Messi didn’t celebrate his goal against Leganes
Lionel Messi didn't celebrate with his teammates after scoring against Leganes.
Reports: Lionel Messi wants Barcelona to buy former Real Madrid superstar
Reports: Lionel Messi wants Barcelona to buy former Real Madrid superstar
Lionel Messi wants Barcelona to get Argentina teammate Angel di Maria.
Interview: I will return to Europe only to play in a Premier League team, says Ezequiel Lavezzi
Interview: I will return to Europe only to play in a Premier League team, says Ezequiel Lavezzi
Lavezzi also spoke about his former clubs PSG and Napoli, Lionel Messi, China, and a possible move to the ISL.
La Liga 2016/17: FC Barcelona 2-1 Leganes, Player Ratings
La Liga 2016/17: FC Barcelona 2-1 Leganes, Player Ratings
A detailed look into how the players performed in a La Liga clash between FC Barcelona and Leganes.
Twitter reacts as Lionel Messi saves Barcelona yet again
Twitter reacts as Lionel Messi saves Barcelona yet again
Messi - Saving Luis Enrique's job since 2015
La Liga 2016/17: Barcelona 2-1 Leganes, 5 talking points
La Liga 2016/17: Barcelona 2-1 Leganes, 5 talking points
Yet another poor performance from Luis Enrique's men is saved by a double from Lionel Messi as Barcelona aim to catch up with Real Madrid.
Barcelona transfer round-up: Triple figure bid for Messi, Wenger and Klopp links and more
Barcelona transfer round-up: Triple figure bid for Messi, Wenger and Klopp links and more
All the transfer rumours and news in and around the Nou Camp.
Daily transfer news and rumours roundup - 19th February 2017
Daily transfer news and rumours roundup - 19th February 2017
Round-up of the biggest transfer news and rumours across Europe.
Transfer Rumour: Manchester City preparing £100 million summer bid for Lionel Messi
Transfer Rumour: Manchester City preparing £100 million summer bid for Lionel Messi
Messi's Barcelona future hangs in the balance after the defeat to PSG.
Why Premier League teams struggle in the UEFA Champions League
Why Premier League teams struggle in the UEFA Champions League
Analysis on why Premier League clubs, after dominating Europe for such a long time, are struggling to match the other European giants.
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