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Lionel Messi

Position:
Forward
Height:
5'6" (1.69m)
Weight:
148 lbs (67 kg)
age:
27
DOB:
June 24, 1987
POB:
Santa Fe, Argentina

2013 / 2014 Spanish Primera División

  • 31Games
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  • 28Goals
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  • 11Assists
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  • 160Shots

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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.

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 team-mates 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 quarter-finals 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 Sup Cup 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 7 0 0
Argentina WCQ 2 2 2 1 6 4 2 3 0 0
Barcelona Esp Cup 5 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Barcelona UCL 7 0 8 0 33 12 0 13 0 0
Argentina Int 3 1 1 0 10 2 1 9 0 0
Barcelona La Liga 29 2 28 11 160 74 11 49 2 0
Season Totals   48 6 44 12 212 92 14 81 3 0

Appearances

Team Oppo Date Comp. Res. Appear. g a sh sg fc fs yc rc
Argentina H - Slovenia Jun 7, 2014 Int W 2-0 Sub-On 57 1 0 4 2 0 2 0 0
Argentina H - Trin & Tob Jun 4, 2014 Int W 3-0 Started 0 0 4 0 1 5 0 0
Barcelona H - Atletico May 17, 2014 La Liga D 1-1 Started 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0
Barcelona A - Elche May 11, 2014 La Liga D 0-0 Started 0 0 8 3 1 1 0 0
Barcelona H - Getafe May 3, 2014 La Liga D 2-2 Started 1 0 5 2 0 0 0 0
Barcelona A - Villarreal Apr 27, 2014 La Liga W 2-3 Started 1 0 7 6 0 5 0 0
Barcelona H - Athletic Apr 20, 2014 La Liga W 2-1 Started 1 0 4 2 0 2 0 0
Barcelona A - Real Madrid Apr 16, 2014 Esp Cup L 2-1 Started 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barcelona A - Granada Apr 12, 2014 La Liga L 1-0 Started 0 0 5 1 1 1 1 0
Barcelona A - Atletico Apr 9, 2014 UCL L 1-0 Started 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 0
Barcelona H - Betis Apr 5, 2014 La Liga W 3-1 Started 2 0 5 3 0 0 0 0
Barcelona H - Atletico Apr 1, 2014 UCL D 1-1 Started 0 0 5 2 0 5 0 0
Barcelona A - Espanyol Mar 29, 2014 La Liga W 0-1 Started 1 0 8 2 0 2 0 0
Barcelona H - Celta Vigo Mar 26, 2014 La Liga W 3-0 Started 1 0 3 2 0 1 0 0
Barcelona A - Real Madrid Mar 23, 2014 La Liga W 3-4 Started 3 1 6 3 0 4 0 0
Barcelona H - Osasuna Mar 16, 2014 La Liga W 7-0 Started 3 1 5 4 1 0 0 0
Barcelona H - Man City Mar 12, 2014 UCL W 2-1 Started 1 0 3 1 0 1 0 0
Barcelona A - Valladolid Mar 8, 2014 La Liga L 1-0 Started 0 0 5 5 0 2 0 0
Argentina A - Romania Mar 5, 2014 Int D 0-0 Started 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0
Barcelona H - Almeria Mar 2, 2014 La Liga W 4-1 Started 1 0 11 2 0 3 0 0
Barcelona A - R Sociedad Feb 22, 2014 La Liga L 3-1 Started 1 0 3 1 0 0 0 0
Barcelona A - Man City Feb 18, 2014 UCL W 0-2 Started 1 0 6 2 0 3 0 0
Barcelona H - Rayo Feb 15, 2014 La Liga W 6-0 Sub-Off 73 min 2 1 7 4 0 1 0 0
Barcelona A - R Sociedad Feb 12, 2014 Esp Cup W 1-1 Started 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barcelona A - Sevilla Feb 9, 2014 La Liga W 1-4 Started 2 1 2 2 2 1 0 0
Barcelona H - R Sociedad Feb 5, 2014 Esp Cup W 2-0 Started 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Barcelona H - Valencia Feb 1, 2014 La Liga L 2-3 Started 1 1 8 3 0 2 0 0
Barcelona H - Levante Jan 29, 2014 Esp Cup W 5-1 Unused Substitute
Barcelona H - Malaga Jan 26, 2014 La Liga W 3-0 Started 0 1 4 0 0 2 0 0
Barcelona A - Levante Jan 22, 2014 Esp Cup W 1-4 Started 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barcelona A - Levante Jan 19, 2014 La Liga D 1-1 Started 0 0 6 1 1 3 0 0
Barcelona A - Getafe Jan 16, 2014 Esp Cup W 0-2 Started 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barcelona A - Atletico Jan 11, 2014 La Liga D 0-0 Sub-On 45 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0
Barcelona H - Getafe Jan 8, 2014 Esp Cup W 4-0 Sub-On 64 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barcelona A - Betis Nov 10, 2013 La Liga W 1-4 Sub-Off 21 min 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barcelona H - Milan Nov 6, 2013 UCL W 3-1 Started 2 0 3 2 0 0 0 0
Barcelona H - Espanyol Nov 1, 2013 La Liga W 1-0 Started 0 0 5 1 1 3 0 0
Barcelona A - Celta Vigo Oct 29, 2013 La Liga W 0-3 Started 0 1 10 5 0 2 0 0
Barcelona H - Real Madrid Oct 26, 2013 La Liga W 2-1 Started 0 0 3 0 2 3 0 0
Barcelona A - Milan Oct 22, 2013 UCL D 1-1 Started 1 0 6 1 0 1 0 0
Barcelona A - Osasuna Oct 19, 2013 La Liga D 0-0 Sub-On 67 0 0 2 1 0 2 0 0
Barcelona A - Almeria Sep 28, 2013 La Liga W 0-2 Sub-Off 28 min 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
Barcelona H - R Sociedad Sep 24, 2013 La Liga W 4-1 Sub-Off 80 min 1 1 8 4 0 1 0 0
Barcelona A - Rayo Sep 21, 2013 La Liga W 0-4 Started 0 1 3 2 0 5 0 0
Barcelona H - Ajax Sep 18, 2013 UCL W 4-0 Started 3 0 6 4 0 2 0 0
Barcelona H - Sevilla Sep 14, 2013 La Liga W 3-2 Started 1 0 6 2 1 1 0 0
Argentina A - Paraguay Sep 10, 2013 WCQ W 2-5 Started 2 1 4 4 2 2 0 0
Barcelona A - Valencia Sep 1, 2013 La Liga W 2-3 Started 3 0 9 7 0 1 0 0
Barcelona H - Atletico Aug 28, 2013 Sup Cup D 0-0 Started 0 0 2 0 0 7 0 0
Barcelona A - Atletico Aug 21, 2013 Sup Cup D 1-1 Sub-Off 45 min 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Barcelona H - Levante Aug 18, 2013 La Liga W 7-0 Sub-Off 70 min 2 1 6 4 1 0 0 0
Argentina A - Guatemala Jun 14, 2013 Int W 0-4 Unused Substitute
Argentina A - Ecuador Jun 11, 2013 WCQ D 1-1 Sub-On 60 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0
Argentina H - Colombia Jun 7, 2013 WCQ D 0-0 Sub-On 56 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Argentina A - Sweden Feb 6, 2013 Int W 2-3 Started 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina A - Peru Sep 11, 2012 WCQ D 1-1 Started 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina H - Paraguay Sep 7, 2012 WCQ W 3-1 Started 1 0 6 1 1 7 0 0
Argentina H - Ecuador Jun 2, 2012 WCQ W 4-0 Started 1 1 6 5 0 2 0 0