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Lionel Messi is like a lion...he can tear your head off, says Sevilla chief - Barca Blaugranes (blog)

Sevilla's director of football Joaquín Caparrós has been talking about Lionel Messi ahead of Saturday's trip to the Camp Nou to face Barcelona. Messi has started the season in typically brilliant style with six goals and four assists in eight La Liga ...

Scaloni excited by Argentina's future despite Brazil loss - Goal.com

Miranda, who was denied an earlier by Nicolas Otamendi's block, settled a low-key Superclasico de las Americas clash in the 93rd minute – the first time Argentina, who were without Lionel Messi for Tuesday's clash in Saudi Arabia, have conceded under ...

Messi would struggle in this Manchester United team – Scholes - Sporting News AU

Paul Scholes feels Manchester United need players with the quality of Eden Hazard or Kevin De Bruyne to make them Premier League title contenders, but added that even Lionel Messi would struggle in the current side. United made their worst start to a ...

Barcelona respond to Diego Maradona over Lionel Messi claims by calling star "the best player of all time" - Irish Mirror

Barcelona have backed Lionel Messi in his war of words with fellow Argentina legend Diego Maradona. Former Napoli star Maradona launched a scathing attack on Messi, claiming he wouldn't pick him for international duty again, and his leadership skills ...

Barcelona hit back at Maradona over Messi claims - Calciomercato.com english news

FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi have both started this season off very well as they have important objectives ahead. After Diego Armando Maradona's statements on Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona decided to hit back. Josep Vives (FC Barcelona's spokesman) ...

Argentina 0-1 Brazil: Miranda strikes as Neymar shines in Lionel Messi's absence - Express.co.uk

Argentina are one of only two teams to have beaten Brazil since Tite took over as coach in 2016, but without Lionel Messi, who is taking a sabbatical from international football, they rarely troubled their neighbours in a derby match dubbed the ...

'We could sign Lionel Messi and he'd struggle in this team': Paul Scholes' damning indictment of Jose Mourinho's ... - Daily Mail

In a wide-ranging and hard-hitting interview with ESPN, Scholes' comments about Barcelona superstar Messi are particularly damning of Mourinho's United. 'It feels like every player who comes into the team struggles,' he said. 'I feel like we could sign ...

Paul Scholes picks between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo - and says one has "absolutely everything" - Irish Mirror

You can only have one, even now Ronaldo has left La Liga behind and joined Juventus , thereby not coming up against Messi's Barcelona in El Clasico clashes, it is still going on. And when Paul Scholes was asked which one he preferred, you might think ...

Argentina 0-1 Brazil: Neymar attempts to mature and the Lionel Messi void - 5 talking points - Mirror.co.uk

Lionel Messi's future as an Argentina international looks about as likely as. Giovanni Lo Celso sits too deep and doesn't have anywhere near the nimbleness or intelligence, Dybala needs to be used further forward, while Correa is too central and Mauro ...

Paul Scholes Ends Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi Debate With The Perfect Answer - SPORTbible

Pep Guardiola knows Lionel Messi better than most. Between 2008 and 2012, the former Barcelona manager guided the 30-year-old to Ballon d'Ors and Champions League trophies. It was a relationship that blossomed from day one. Messi was Guardiola's ...

Bt Sport release incredible video of Lionel Messi's 10 greatest UCL goals - GiveMeSport

We really are blessed to have lived at the same time as the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The debate over which of the two will go down as the greatest of all time has been raging for well over a decade now and it may never be truly settled.

Man Utd news: Paul Scholes makes controversial Lionel Messi transfer claim - Daily Star

That's the opinion of Red Devils legend Paul Scholes who has been speaking about his former club. The pundit has also weighed in on Alexis Sanchez and thinks the Chile star was simply signed to stop Manchester City. United have struggled this season ...

Lionel Messi: Sporting director issues Barcelona warning to Ernesto Valverde - Express.co.uk

Joaquin Caparros believes Ernesto Valverde needs to ensure the Argentine remains in good spirits. Sevilla and Barcelona are La Liga's top two sides as they prepare to face off at Camp Nou on Saturday. Speaking ahead of the match, the Sevilla sporting ...

Fourteen years since Barcelona debut, the legend of Lionel Messi goes on - Sportstarlive

Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard pulled out goal-scorer Deco to send in a long-haired teenager for the final nine minutes of the match against its Catalan rival Espanyol. A 17-year-old Lionel Messi almost scored a goal on his debut when he escaped ...

Even Messi would struggle at Man United - Scholes - Goal.com

Former Manchester United star Paul Scholes has once more taken aim at his ex-employers, stating that even Lionel Messi would fail to revive their failing fortunes. United currently lie a lowly eighth in the Premier League, seven points behind early ...

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have caused issues for Mohamed Salah - Express.co.uk

That's according to Robbie Fowler who reckons the Premier League duo are now unfairly compared to the Barcelona and Juventus superstars. Salah scored a staggering 44 goals in 52 games last term. This season he's only managed three goals in all ...

Paul Scholes gets involved in the Lionel Messi/Cristiano Ronaldo debate - GiveMeSport

Who is the best player in world football? For the past decade, if your answer was anything different to Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, your football knowledge would have been seriously questioned. However, Luka Modric claimed FIFA's 'The Best ...

Lionel Messi: Argentina and Barcelona hero could make Premier League move - Express.co.uk

Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo reckon the Argentine superstar has a special clause in his contract that permits an early departure from the Nou Camp. It's suggested Messi would not be able to join another 'elite side' - so that rules out possible ...

Brazil vs. Argentina score: Neymar and Co. best Messi-less Argentina on late Miranda goal - CBSSports.com

Brazil had 12 shots but just three on frame, while Argentina, without Lionel Messi, could only put one chance on goal. And as the match entered added time, it felt like a goal from Brazil was still possibly coming. That's when Neymar drilled a corner ...

Barcelona news: 'Lion Messi can tear your head off' - Valverde ... - Goal.com

Sevilla's sporting director Joaquin Caparros has warned that the worst anyone can do is "piss off" Lionel Messi.

Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi ">[ljoˈnel anˈdɾes ˈmesi]; born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona and captains the Argentina national team. Often considered the best player in the world and rated by many in the sport as the greatest of all time, Messi is the only football player in history to win five FIFA Ballons d'Or, four of which he won consecutively, and the first player to win three European Golden Shoes. With Barcelona he has won eight La Liga titles and four UEFA Champions League titles, as well as four Copas del Rey. Both a prolific goalscorer and a creative playmaker, Messi holds the records for most goals scored in La Liga, a La Liga season , and a football season , as well as those for most assists made in La Liga and the Copa América. He has scored over 500 senior career goals for club and country.

Lionel Messi
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Messi with Barcelona during the UEFA Super Cup in August 2015
Personal information
Full name Lionel Andrés Messi
Date of birth (1987-06-24) 24 June 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Barcelona
Number 10
Youth career
1994–2000 Newell's Old Boys
2001–2004 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Barcelona C 10 (5)
2004–2005 Barcelona B 22 (6)
2004– Barcelona 361 (324)
National team
2004–2005 Argentina U20 18 (14)
2008 Argentina U23 5 (2)
2005– Argentina 116 (57)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 December 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 November 2016

Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi ([ljoˈnel anˈdɾes ˈmesi]; born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona and captains the Argentina national team. Often considered the best player in the world and rated by many in the sport as the greatest of all time, Messi is the only football player in history to win five FIFA Ballons d'Or, four of which he won consecutively, and the first player to win three European Golden Shoes. With Barcelona he has won eight La Liga titles and four UEFA Champions League titles, as well as four Copas del Rey. Both a prolific goalscorer and a creative playmaker, Messi holds the records for most goals scored in La Liga, a La Liga season (50), and a football season (82), as well as those for most assists made in La Liga and the Copa América. He has scored over 500 senior career goals for club and country.

Born and raised in central Argentina, Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency as a child. At age 13, he relocated to Spain to join Barcelona, who agreed to pay for his medical treatment. After a fast progression through Barcelona's youth academy, Messi made his competitive debut aged 17 in October 2004. Despite being injury-prone during his early career, he established himself as an integral player for the club within the next three years, finishing 2007 as a finalist for both the Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year award, a feat he repeated the following year. His first uninterrupted campaign came in the 2008–09 season, during which he helped Barcelona achieve the first treble in Spanish football. At 22 years old, Messi won the Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year award by record voting margins.

Three successful seasons followed, with Messi winning three consecutive FIFA Ballons d'Or, including an unprecedented fourth. His personal best campaign to date was the 2011–12 season, in which he set the La Liga and European records for most goals scored in a single season, while establishing himself as Barcelona's all-time top scorer in official competitions in March 2012. He again struggled with injury during the following two seasons, twice finishing second for the Ballon d'Or behind Cristiano Ronaldo, his perceived career rival. Messi regained his best form during the 2014–15 campaign, breaking the all-time goalscoring records in both La Liga and the Champions League in November 2014, and led Barcelona to a historic second treble.

An Argentine international, Messi is his country's all-time leading goalscorer. At youth level, he won the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, finishing the tournament with both the Golden Ball and Golden Shoe, and an Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics. His style of play as a diminutive, left-footed dribbler drew comparisons with compatriot Diego Maradona, who declared the teenager his successor. After making his senior debut in August 2005, Messi became the youngest Argentine to play and score in a FIFA World Cup during the 2006 edition, and reached the final of the 2007 Copa América, where he was named young player of the tournament. As the squad's captain from August 2011, he led Argentina to three consecutive finals of the 2014 World Cup, for which he won the Golden Ball, and the 2015 and 2016 Copas América. He was then convicted of tax fraud committed from 2007 to 2009, for which he received a fine and a suspended prison sentence.