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Lionel Messi

Position:
Forward
Height:
5'6" (1.69m)
Weight:
148 lbs (67 kg)
age:
28
DOB:
June 24, 1987
POB:
Santa Fe, Argentina

2014 / 2015 Spanish Primera División

  • 38Games
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  • 43Goals
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  • 18Assists
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  • 187Shots

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Player Profile

Lionel Messi is the heir apparent to the throne left vacant by Diego Armando Maradona. The waters are divided between those who consider him to be far from being the best No. 10, and those who believe that Messi will be even better than Maradona.

Born in Rosario, he cut his teeth in the youth ranks of Newell's Old Boys, until a hormonal problem that affected his growth changed the plans of his family and, of course, his personal future. Facing expensive treatment for their son, Messi's parents moved to Spain as Newell's were not able to afford the medical costs related to his condition, and even the wealthiest Argentine teams, such as River Plate, refused to foot the bill.

After his first trial with Barcelona, the Catalan coaches had no doubts. They decided to sign Messi and pay for his medical treatment. His growth was noticeable within Barca, and in little time he came to be considered one of the great talents at the club. He made his debut in the first division in October 2004, against Espanyol, and Barcelona have since adopted him as one of their greatest idols.

His first championship would come in the Liga season of 2004-05. Since then, and playing a more prominent role every season, he has won every major club trophy at Camp Nou -- including a stunning haul of six in 2008-09 -- and claimed the World Player of the Year [later the FIFA Ballon d'Or] award four times in four years.

Messi has proven his credentials on the biggest stage with goals in two of the three Champions League finals he has won with Barcelona, with his achievements leaving many in little doubt that he is the best player of his generation; possibly of all time.

That idea was given further weight in March 2012 when, at the age of 24, he became the all-time top scorer at Barcelona -- beating the 232 goals of Cesar Rodriguez.

The forward's hat-trick in Barcelona's 4-3 win over Real Madrid in March 2014 also saw him become the all-time top scorer in El Clasico clashes.

Messi endured criticism over his performances during the 2013-14 campaign despite scoring 28 goals in 31 Liga appearances as Barcelona lost the title to Atletico Madrid in a dramatic final day clash, but the forward committed his long-term future to the club with a new deal in May 2014 and came back with a bang to claim the Treble of La Liga, Champions League and Copa del Rey after scoring 43 goals in 38 games.

As the top scorer for Barcelona, and still under the age of 30, Messi is simply one of the best there has ever been.

Strengths: His ball skills are second to none, his runs from midfield are usually lethal and he is almost impossible to tackle when he gets his head down. His balance when running at speed is incredible.

Weaknesses: Too often he searches for a way to finish moves by himself without looking for teammates in a better position to shoot at goal.

Career high: Winning the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 awards for the best player in the world.

Career low: He was unable to perform to his best in the 2006 World Cup in Germany, where Argentina were eliminated in the quarterfinals with Messi looking on from the bench.

Style: Quick, incisive, balanced, a stylish runner with the ball.

Quotes: "Messi is my Maradona," said Maradona himself, as the head coach of the Argentine national team in 2010.

Trivia: His debut with the national team (against Hungary) was a disaster: he entered the game in the 18th minute of the second half, and was sent off just 47 seconds later.

Career

Team Comp GS SB G A SH SG FC FS YC RC
Barcelona Esp Cup 9 0 7 6 38 22 3 29 2 0
Argentina WC 7 0 4 1 22 10 6 18 0 0
Argentina Int 3 1 3 2 17 8 0 7 0 0
Barcelona La Liga 37 1 43 18 187 94 25 90 4 0
Barcelona UCL 13 0 10 4 66 31 10 32 1 0
Season Totals   69 2 67 31 330 165 44 176 7 0

Appearances

Team Oppo Date Comp Res Appear g a sh sg fc fs yc rc
Barcelona A - Juventus Jun 6, 2015 UCL W 1-3 Started 0 0 3 1 2 5 0 0
Barcelona A - Athletic May 30, 2015 Esp Cup W 1-3 Started 2 0 3 3 0 2 0 0
Barcelona H - Deportivo May 23, 2015 La Liga D 2-2 Started 2 0 5 4 0 1 0 0
Barcelona A - Atletico May 17, 2015 La Liga W 0-1 Started 1 0 7 4 1 8 1 0
Barcelona A - Bayern May 12, 2015 UCL W 3-2 Started 0 0 2 1 0 4 0 0
Barcelona H - R Sociedad May 9, 2015 La Liga W 2-0 Started 0 0 4 2 0 1 0 0
Barcelona H - Bayern May 6, 2015 UCL W 3-0 Started 2 1 4 4 1 4 0 0
Barcelona A - Cordoba May 2, 2015 La Liga W 0-8 Started 2 1 8 3 0 0 0 0
Barcelona H - Getafe Apr 28, 2015 La Liga W 6-0 Started 2 1 5 4 1 2 0 0
Barcelona A - Espanyol Apr 25, 2015 La Liga W 0-2 Started 1 0 4 1 0 4 0 0
Barcelona H - PSG Apr 21, 2015 UCL W 2-0 Started 0 0 4 1 1 3 0 0
Barcelona H - Valencia Apr 18, 2015 La Liga W 2-0 Started 1 1 4 2 1 4 0 0
Barcelona A - PSG Apr 15, 2015 UCL W 1-3 Started 0 1 3 1 1 1 1 0
Barcelona A - Sevilla Apr 11, 2015 La Liga D 2-2 Started 1 0 6 2 0 4 0 0
Barcelona H - Almeria Apr 8, 2015 La Liga W 4-0 Started 1 0 5 4 1 1 0 0
Barcelona A - Celta Vigo Apr 5, 2015 La Liga W 0-1 Started 0 0 4 1 2 2 0 0
Argentina A - El Salvador Mar 28, 2015 Int W 0-2 Unused Substitute
Barcelona H - Real Madrid Mar 22, 2015 La Liga W 2-1 Started 0 1 5 1 1 3 0 0
Barcelona H - Man City Mar 18, 2015 UCL W 1-0 Started 0 0 15 6 0 4 0 0
Barcelona A - Eibar Mar 14, 2015 La Liga W 0-2 Started 2 0 4 2 1 2 0 0
Barcelona H - Rayo Mar 8, 2015 La Liga W 6-1 Started 3 1 6 4 0 2 0 0
Barcelona A - Villarreal Mar 4, 2015 Esp Cup W 1-3 Started 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0
Barcelona A - Granada Feb 28, 2015 La Liga W 1-3 Started 1 0 6 3 0 2 0 0
Barcelona A - Man City Feb 24, 2015 UCL W 1-2 Started 0 0 7 4 2 2 0 0
Barcelona H - Malaga Feb 21, 2015 La Liga L 0-1 Started 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
Barcelona H - Levante Feb 15, 2015 La Liga W 5-0 Started 3 1 9 5 0 2 0 0
Barcelona H - Villarreal Feb 11, 2015 Esp Cup W 3-1 Started 1 1 6 2 0 0 0 0
Barcelona A - Athletic Feb 8, 2015 La Liga W 2-5 Started 1 2 4 1 1 1 0 0
Barcelona H - Villarreal Feb 1, 2015 La Liga W 3-2 Started 1 0 3 2 2 5 0 0
Barcelona A - Atletico Jan 28, 2015 Esp Cup W 2-3 Started 0 0 3 2 0 6 1 0
Barcelona A - Atletico Jan 28, 2015 Esp Cup W 2-3 Started 0 0 3 2 0 6 1 0
Barcelona A - Elche Jan 24, 2015 La Liga W 0-6 Started 2 2 4 3 0 3 0 0
Barcelona H - Atletico Jan 21, 2015 Esp Cup W 1-0 Started 1 0 6 2 1 4 0 0
Barcelona H - Atletico Jan 21, 2015 Esp Cup W 1-0 Started 1 0 6 2 1 4 0 0
Barcelona A - Deportivo Jan 18, 2015 La Liga W 0-4 Started 3 0 7 4 1 3 0 0
Barcelona H - Atletico Jan 11, 2015 La Liga W 3-1 Started 1 1 7 3 3 3 1 0
Barcelona H - Elche Jan 8, 2015 Esp Cup W 5-0 Started 1 2 5 4 0 3 0 0
Barcelona H - Elche Jan 8, 2015 Esp Cup W 5-0 Started 1 2 5 4 0 3 0 0
Barcelona A - R Sociedad Jan 4, 2015 La Liga L 1-0 Substitute 0 0 2 0 0 4 0 0
Barcelona H - Cordoba Dec 20, 2014 La Liga W 5-0 Started 2 0 4 2 0 0 0 0
Barcelona A - Getafe Dec 13, 2014 La Liga D 0-0 Started 0 0 7 2 0 4 0 0
Barcelona H - PSG Dec 10, 2014 UCL W 3-1 Started 1 0 3 1 1 0 0 0
Barcelona H - Espanyol Dec 7, 2014 La Liga W 5-1 Started 3 0 6 3 0 4 0 0
Barcelona A - Valencia Nov 30, 2014 La Liga W 0-1 Started 0 0 2 0 0 2 1 0
Barcelona A - Apoel Nov 25, 2014 UCL W 0-4 Started 3 0 5 4 0 3 0 0
Barcelona H - Sevilla Nov 22, 2014 La Liga W 5-1 Started 3 0 5 5 0 3 0 0
Argentina H - Portugal Nov 18, 2014 Int L 0-1 Sub-Off 45 min 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina H - Croatia Nov 12, 2014 Int W 2-1 Started 1 1 4 2 0 2 0 0
Barcelona A - Almeria Nov 8, 2014 La Liga W 1-2 Started 0 0 6 3 2 0 0 0
Barcelona A - Ajax Nov 5, 2014 UCL W 0-2 Started 2 0 8 4 1 2 0 0
Barcelona H - Celta Vigo Nov 1, 2014 La Liga L 0-1 Started 0 0 6 3 0 1 0 0
Barcelona A - Real Madrid Oct 25, 2014 La Liga L 3-1 Started 0 0 4 2 2 2 1 0
Barcelona H - Ajax Oct 21, 2014 UCL W 3-1 Sub-Off 65 min 1 1 5 1 0 1 0 0
Barcelona H - Eibar Oct 18, 2014 La Liga W 3-0 Started 1 1 8 6 0 2 0 0
Argentina A - Hong Kong Oct 14, 2014 Int W 0-7 Sub-On 59 min 2 1 3 3 0 0 0 0
Argentina H - Brazil Oct 11, 2014 Int L 0-2 Started 0 0 8 3 0 5 0 0
Barcelona A - Rayo Oct 4, 2014 La Liga W 0-2 Started 1 0 8 3 0 2 0 0
Barcelona A - PSG Sep 30, 2014 UCL L 3-2 Started 1 0 2 1 0 2 0 0
Barcelona H - Granada Sep 27, 2014 La Liga W 6-0 Started 2 2 3 3 0 2 0 0
Barcelona A - Malaga Sep 24, 2014 La Liga D 0-0 Started 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0
Barcelona A - Levante Sep 21, 2014 La Liga W 0-5 Started 1 2 3 1 1 2 0 0
Barcelona H - Apoel Sep 17, 2014 UCL W 1-0 Started 0 1 5 2 1 1 0 0
Barcelona H - Athletic Sep 13, 2014 La Liga W 2-0 Started 0 2 2 0 1 2 0 0
Barcelona A - Villarreal Aug 31, 2014 La Liga W 0-1 Started 0 0 8 4 0 2 0 0
Barcelona H - Elche Aug 24, 2014 La Liga W 3-0 Started 2 0 3 2 2 4 0 0
Argentina A - Germany Jul 13, 2014 WC L 1-0 Started 0 0 4 0 1 2 0 0
Argentina A - Netherlands Jul 9, 2014 WC W (2) 0-(4) 0 Started 0 0 1 1 1 3 0 0
Argentina H - Belgium Jul 5, 2014 WC W 1-0 Started 0 0 2 1 3 2 0 0
Argentina H - Switzerland Jul 1, 2014 WC W 1-0 Started 0 1 2 1 0 5 0 0
Argentina A - Nigeria Jun 25, 2014 WC W 2-3 Sub-Off 62 min 2 0 4 3 0 3 0 0
Argentina H - Iran Jun 21, 2014 WC W 1-0 Started 1 0 6 3 0 1 0 0
Argentina H - Bosnia-Herz Jun 15, 2014 WC W 2-1 Started 1 0 3 1 1 2 0 0
  • A: GoalAssists
  • Appear: Appearance
  • Comp: Competition
  • FC: Fouls Committed
  • FS: Fouls Suffered
  • G: TotalGoals
  • Oppo: Opponent
  • RC: Red Cards
  • Res: Result
  • SG: Shots On Target
  • SH: Total Shots
  • YC: Yellow Cards