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30 stats for Messi's 30th birthday

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Lionel Messi is getting married! Here's what you need to know about the day

Sid Lowe reflects on Lionel Messi's legendary career now that the Argentine has hit age 30.
In honour of Lionel Messi's 30th birthday, the FC crew debate his place among the all-time great footballers.
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.

It's been a big month for Lionel Messi. The Barcelona star turned 30 last weekend and on Friday, taking advantage of the fact he's not involved in an international tournament this summer, he will marry longtime partner Antonella Roccuzzo in Argentina.

Here's everything you need to know about the couple's big day.

Background story

Lucas Scaglia was one of Messi's teammates while he was still living in Rosario and playing for Newell's Old Boys. Their relationship extended off the pitch, too:...

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...

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Trending: Lionel Messi prepares to turn 30; agrees to pay tax fine

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.
With reports indicating Barca rejected a hefty bid for Andre Gomes, the FC panel debate the future for the young midfielder.
Sid Lowe explains why Marco Verratti reminds him of Xavi Hernandez and assesses Barcelona's other transfer options.
Steve Nicol thinks Marco Verratti would be a great fit for Barcelona, but Alejandro Moreno worries about his health.

Friday's latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC's What's Trending...

BARCELONA: As Messi prepares for his 30th birthday, Chris Jones explains why we won't get to enjoy the iconic No. 10 much longer.

- Prosecutors in Spain say they are happy for Lionel Messi's 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud to be replaced with a fine, a spokeswoman confirmed on Friday.

MAN UNITEDManchester United are making progress in their pursuit of Alvaro Morata but have yet to agree a fee with...

 By Sam Kelly

Change, fresh tactics evident in Jorge Sampaoli's debut as Argentina boss

Shaka Hislop reveals an international edition of his power rankings, listing the favourites to win the 2018 World Cup.
Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts break down the friendly between Singapore and Argentina, as the visitors won 6-0 at the National Stadium.

Two games, two wins: in terms of pure results, it's been a perfect start for Jorge Sampaoli as Argentina manager. Of course, both of those games were friendlies and one of them (no offence, Singapore) could hardly be said to be against elite opposition. Regardless, we're still a little wiser now than we were a week ago about Sampaoli's Argentina.

Here are five early lessons about his progress.

1. He's eager to refresh the squad

Mauro Icardi's injury frustrated things in attack and the match...

 By Tim Vickery

Argentina and Colombia finding form at the right time, Uruguay slipping

Jorge Sampaoli started just two defenders in Argentina's 6-0 thrashing of Singapore.
Diego Souza hit home in the first minute for Brazil on route to a 4-0 win over Australia.
A lethargic Spain were able to narrowly draw against a feisty Colombia side that provided end-to-end action.
Argentina head coach Jorge Sampaoli is pleased with the way Mauro Icardi has fit in with the team.
Brazil coach Tite expresses his love for his players' creativity on the pitch, but not without a foundation of organisation.

Brazil's charge to secure World Cup qualification with four rounds still to go can be explained in two ways.

One factor has been their own excellence, finding under their coach, Tite, a collective idea of play which has been bringing the best out of their individual talents.

The other explanation is the weakness of the opposition.The overall standard of the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers has been disappointing. It is a gruelling competition, and no one is able to maintain consistency over the full...