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30 stats for Messi's 30th birthday

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30 stats to celebrate Lionel Messi's 30th birthday

In honour of Lionel Messi's 30th birthday, take a look at what he's accomplished so far and what he has left to chase down.
Gab Marcotti discusses Chris Jones' editorial on Lionel Messi and his impact on the footballing world.

As the world celebrates Lionel Messi's 30th birthday, ESPN Stats & Information presents a list of facts and figures for his amazing career on the pitch with Barcelona and Argentina.

- 30 titles won with Barcelona in all competitions.

- 29 career goals vs. Sevilla are his most against any single opponent.

- 28 La Liga goals in 2013-14 (Barcelona lost only twice in matches in which he scored).

- 27 career goals in friendlies with Argentina.

- 26 career La Liga hat tricks.

- 25 years...

Messi at 30: 30 things you may or may not know about Barca's famous No.10

Gab Marcotti discusses Chris Jones' editorial on Lionel Messi and his impact on the footballing world.
Lionel Messi spoke to ESPN about his future at Barcelona and a possible move to China.
Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta believes Lionel Messi is the best of all time and has more natural talent than Cristiano Ronaldo.
Lionel Messi ranks third on ESPN's World Fame 100 rankings, but which footballer tops the list?

Lionel Messi turns 30 Saturday. So here are 30 things about the Argentina and Barcelona legend.

Personal life  

1. Messi's birthday isn't the biggest thing happening to him this month: next week he will marry childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo in a ceremony in Rosario. All of his Barcelona teammates are invited. 

2. The Barcelona star already has two children with Antonella: Thiago (4) and Mateo (1). 

3. Like many modern-day footballers, Messi's body has become increasingly...

 By Sid Lowe

Andre Gomes had a rough start at Barcelona but boasts very bright future

With reports indicating Barca rejected a hefty bid for Andre Gomes, the FC panel debate the future for the young midfielder.

It was widely reported this week that FC Barcelona had turned down a €35 million bid for Andre Gomes, to which, let's face it, pretty much everyone's reaction was: You did what?!

When Barcelona signed Gomes last summer, sporting director Robert Fernández described it as "an opportunity the market had presented us with." Now, less than 12 months on, the market had presented them with another opportunity: to get rid again. And, given that they had paid €35m for Gomes (plus another...

Jordi Mboula's departure latest example of changing times at Barca

Considered one of Barca's brightest young talents, Jordi Mboula is just the latest youngster to leave Barcelona.

There's still not been any official confirmation from Barcelona (no press release, not even a line on their website), but on Wednesday, Monaco revealed they had completed the signing of 18-year-old Jordi Mboula from the Catalan club. It won't be one of the biggest transfers of the summer; it will, though, be one which should draw reflection at Barcelona. Why has the star of their Under-19 team's run to the UEFA Youth League semifinal this season decided his career is better served elsewhere? 

Mboula...

 By Chris Wright

Stunning goal from La Masia kids as Barcelona beat Villarreal

Proving there's more to the Barcelona ethos than delicate tiki taka, the Under-12 side resorted to ruthlessly efficient route one tactics in their win over Villarreal on Sunday.

Coming directly from kick-off, the ball was laid back for Gerard Hernandez, who proceeded to smash the ball over the opposing goalkeeper from well inside his own half.

Two touches and in, all in the space of a couple of seconds. Football really doesn't get much more direct than that.

Hernandez's herculean strike helped Barca's...