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Lionel Messi

Position:
Forward
Height:
5'6" (1.69m)
Weight:
148 lbs (67 kg)
age:
29
DOB:
June 24, 1987
POB:
Santa Fe, Argentina

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2015 / 2016 UEFA Super Cup

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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 CWC 1 0 1 0 7 5 0 3 0 0
Barcelona Super C 1 0 2 0 8 4 0 7 0 0
Argentina Copa Am 6 0 1 3 27 8 3 28 1 0
Barcelona Sup Cup 2 0 1 0 7 4 1 6 0 0
Barcelona Esp Cup 5 0 5 6 30 14 3 19 1 0
Barcelona UCL 7 0 6 1 39 14 2 14 1 0
Barcelona La Liga 31 2 26 16 158 75 13 61 3 0
Argentina Int 1 1 3 0 9 6 0 3 0 0
Argentina WCQ 2 0 1 0 8 4 3 10 0 0
Season Totals   56 3 46 26 293 134 25 151 6 0

Appearances

Team Oppo Date Comp Res Appear g a sh sg fc fs yc rc
Barcelona H - Sevilla May 22, 2016 Esp Cup W 2-0 Started 0 2 6 3 1 9 0 0
Barcelona A - Granada May 14, 2016 La Liga W 0-3 Started 0 0 4 4 0 2 0 0
Barcelona H - Espanyol May 8, 2016 La Liga W 5-0 Started 1 1 5 2 1 6 1 0
Barcelona A - Betis Apr 30, 2016 La Liga W 0-2 Started 0 2 2 0 0 3 1 0
Barcelona H - Sporting Apr 23, 2016 La Liga W 6-0 Started 1 1 7 3 0 0 0 0
Barcelona A - Deportivo Apr 20, 2016 La Liga W 0-8 Started 1 2 4 2 1 0 0 0
Barcelona H - Valencia Apr 17, 2016 La Liga L 1-2 Started 1 0 7 4 0 2 0 0
Barcelona A - Atletico Apr 13, 2016 UCL L 2-0 Started 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0
Barcelona A - R Sociedad Apr 9, 2016 La Liga L 1-0 Started 0 0 7 2 0 4 0 0
Barcelona H - Atletico Apr 5, 2016 UCL W 2-1 Started 0 0 6 1 0 4 0 0
Barcelona H - Real Madrid Apr 2, 2016 La Liga L 1-2 Started 0 0 3 1 2 0 0 0
Argentina H - Bolivia Mar 29, 2016 WCQ W 2-0 Started 1 0 8 4 1 6 0 0
Argentina A - Chile Mar 24, 2016 WCQ W 1-2 Started 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 0
Barcelona A - Villarreal Mar 20, 2016 La Liga D 2-2 Started 0 0 4 1 1 1 0 0
Barcelona H - Arsenal Mar 16, 2016 UCL W 3-1 Started 1 0 6 3 0 1 0 0
Barcelona H - Getafe Mar 12, 2016 La Liga W 6-0 Started 1 3 6 2 0 3 0 0
Barcelona A - Eibar Mar 6, 2016 La Liga W 0-4 Started 2 0 4 3 0 5 0 0
Barcelona A - Rayo Mar 3, 2016 La Liga W 1-5 Started 3 0 5 4 0 4 0 0
Barcelona H - Sevilla Feb 28, 2016 La Liga W 2-1 Started 1 0 6 2 0 0 0 0
Barcelona A - Arsenal Feb 23, 2016 UCL W 0-2 Started 2 0 6 2 1 3 0 0
Barcelona A - Las Palmas Feb 20, 2016 La Liga W 1-2 Started 0 0 4 2 1 1 0 0
Barcelona A - Sporting Feb 17, 2016 La Liga W 1-3 Started 2 0 4 3 1 2 0 0
Barcelona H - Celta Vigo Feb 14, 2016 La Liga W 6-1 Started 1 2 4 2 0 2 0 0
Barcelona A - Levante Feb 7, 2016 La Liga W 0-2 Started 0 1 2 1 0 1 0 0
Barcelona H - Valencia Feb 3, 2016 Esp Cup W 7-0 Started 3 0 8 3 1 1 0 0
Barcelona H - Atletico Jan 30, 2016 La Liga W 2-1 Started 1 0 3 2 0 3 0 0
Barcelona H - Athletic Jan 27, 2016 Esp Cup W 3-1 Started 0 1 5 1 0 2 0 0
Barcelona A - Málaga Jan 23, 2016 La Liga W 1-2 Started 1 0 6 3 1 1 1 0
Barcelona H - Athletic Jan 17, 2016 La Liga W 6-0 Sub-Off 45 min 1 0 3 1 0 1 0 0
Barcelona A - Espanyol Jan 13, 2016 Esp Cup W 0-2 Started 0 1 4 3 0 4 0 0
Barcelona H - Granada Jan 9, 2016 La Liga W 4-0 Started 3 0 5 4 0 1 0 0
Barcelona H - Espanyol Jan 6, 2016 Esp Cup W 4-1 Started 2 2 7 4 1 3 1 0
Barcelona A - Espanyol Jan 2, 2016 La Liga D 0-0 Started 0 0 4 1 1 4 0 0
Barcelona H - Betis Dec 30, 2015 La Liga W 4-0 Started 1 0 6 3 0 3 0 0
Barcelona A - River Dec 20, 2015 CWC W 0-3 Started 1 0 7 5 0 3 0 0
Barcelona H - Guangzhou Ev Dec 17, 2015 CWC W 3-0 Unused Substitute
Barcelona H - Deportivo Dec 12, 2015 La Liga D 2-2 Started 1 1 6 3 0 1 0 0
Barcelona A - Leverkusen Dec 9, 2015 UCL D 1-1 Started 1 0 2 1 0 1 0 0
Barcelona A - Valencia Dec 5, 2015 La Liga D 1-1 Started 0 1 7 3 2 2 0 0
Barcelona H - R Sociedad Nov 28, 2015 La Liga W 4-0 Started 1 0 6 2 0 2 0 0
Barcelona H - AS Roma Nov 24, 2015 UCL W 6-1 Started 2 1 8 6 1 2 1 0
Barcelona A - Real Madrid Nov 21, 2015 La Liga W 0-4 Sub-On 56 min 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0
Barcelona H - Las Palmas Sep 26, 2015 La Liga W 2-1 Sub-Off 9 min 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Barcelona A - Celta Vigo Sep 23, 2015 La Liga L 4-1 Started 0 1 7 3 0 1 0 0
Barcelona H - Levante Sep 20, 2015 La Liga W 4-1 Started 2 1 10 4 0 2 0 0
Barcelona A - AS Roma Sep 16, 2015 UCL D 1-1 Started 0 0 8 1 0 2 0 0
Barcelona A - Atletico Sep 12, 2015 La Liga W 1-2 Sub-On 59 min 1 0 3 1 2 2 0 0
Argentina A - Mexico Sep 8, 2015 Int D 2-2 Started 1 0 6 3 0 3 0 0
Argentina H - Bolivia Sep 4, 2015 Int W 7-0 Sub-On 64 min 2 0 3 3 0 0 0 0
Barcelona H - Málaga Aug 29, 2015 La Liga W 1-0 Started 0 0 7 5 0 1 0 0
Barcelona A - Athletic Aug 23, 2015 La Liga W 0-1 Started 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 0
Barcelona H - Athletic Aug 17, 2015 Sup Cup L 1-1 Started 1 0 2 1 1 2 0 0
Barcelona A - Athletic Aug 14, 2015 Sup Cup L 4-0 Started 0 0 5 3 0 4 0 0
Barcelona H - Sevilla Aug 11, 2015 Super C W 5-4 Started 2 0 8 4 0 7 0 0
Argentina A - Chile Jul 4, 2015 Copa Am L (4) 0-(1) 0 Started 0 0 1 0 2 9 0 0
Argentina H - Paraguay Jun 30, 2015 Copa Am W 6-1 Started 0 3 4 1 0 3 0 0
Argentina H - Colombia Jun 26, 2015 Copa Am W (5) 0-(4) 0 Started 0 0 5 1 1 8 1 0
Argentina H - Jamaica Jun 20, 2015 Copa Am W 1-0 Started 0 0 7 2 0 1 0 0
Argentina H - Uruguay Jun 16, 2015 Copa Am W 1-0 Started 0 0 3 2 0 3 0 0
Argentina H - Paraguay Jun 13, 2015 Copa Am D 2-2 Started 1 0 7 2 0 4 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