Lionel Messi

Argentine footballer Lionel Messi

Lionel Andrés Messi is an Argentine footballer who plays for La Liga club FC Barcelona and is the current captain of the Argentina national team, playing mainly as a forward. By the age of 21, Messi had received Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations. The following year in 2009 he won both the Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year, and won the inaugural FIFA Ballon d'Or in 2010 and 2011. He also won the 2010–11 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award.
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Barcelona pile on more misery on Real Madrid in 3-0 'Clasico' win
Reuters.com - 2 months
MADRID (Reuters) - Barcelona exploited a lackluster Real Madrid to win the 'Clasico' 3-0 on Saturday as goals from Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Aleix Vidal propelled the Catalans to a 3-0 win and lifted them 14 points clear of their rivals in the standings.
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'Sky's the limit' for Borussia Dortmund star Pulisic
CNN - 6 months
The number 10 shirt in football carries with it a special kind of significance. The greats of the game -- Pele, Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidane, and Lionel Messi to name but four -- have worn the iconic number and have literally carried their nations on their backs in the process.
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Why Ronaldo could play in US sooner than you think
CNN - 6 months
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo could be playing league football in the likes of China and the United States sooner than you think.
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Lionel Messi sends his condolences after Barcelona terror attack
CNN - 6 months
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has sent his condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the Barcelona terror attack.
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Hong Kong Activist Says Chinese Agents Stapled His Legs Over Messi Photo
NYTimes - 7 months
Howard Lam, a democracy activist, said he was abducted and beaten after he got the soccer star Lionel Messi to send a photo for the dissident Liu Xiaobo.
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Lionel Messi Fast Facts
CNN - 8 months
Read CNN's Fast Facts about Lionel "Leo" Messi and learn more about the soccer player who plays for FC Barcelona and Argentina's national team.
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Sports Briefing: Lionel Messi and Barcelona Agree on Extension
NYTimes - 8 months
Barcelona said Messi, 30, the club’s career leading scorer, would sign a deal “in the coming weeks” that will run through June 2021.
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Barcelona, Messi agree on contract renewal
CNN - 8 months
Barcelona and Lionel Messi have agreed a contract renewal that will keep the Argentine at the Catalan club until June 30, 2021.
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Soccer star Lionel Messi kisses his bride
Reuters.com - 8 months
Barcelona striker Lionel Messi kisses his bride Antonela Roccuzzo in front of media after their wedding. Rough cut (no reporter narration.)
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Lionel Messi to marry childhood sweetheart Antonela Roccuzzo in hometown of Rosario
CNN - 8 months
The name Lucas Scaglia may not mean much to most people but without him, Lionel Messi's marriage to childhood sweetheart Antonela Roccuzzo may never have happened.
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Cristiano Ronaldo Accused Of Being A Serious Tax Cheat
Huffington Post - 9 months
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Harry Kane determined to emulate the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi by winning the Ballon d'Or - The Independent
Google News - 9 months
The Independent Harry Kane determined to emulate the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi by winning the Ballon d'Or The Independent Harry Kane is aiming to win the Ballon d'Or, but claimed he cannot quite be classed as “world class” yet, and wants to emulate Cristiano Ronaldo, Leo Messi and Gareth Bale by adding even more top-level goals to his game - particularly in international ... Two Footballers Among World's Highest Paid AthletesSoccer Laduma The crown is Ronaldo'sMail & Guardian Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo not a selfish player - Karim BenzemaESPN FC Telegraph.co.uk -Los Angeles Times -Managing Madrid -RollingStone.com all 322 news articles »
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Barcelona salvages Copa del Rey trophy from disappointing season in 3-1 Alaves win - Yahoo Sports
Google News - 9 months
Yahoo Sports Barcelona salvages Copa del Rey trophy from disappointing season in 3-1 Alaves win Yahoo Sports In the last game of his third and final season as manager of Barcelona, Luis Enrique won his ninth piece of silverware with the Catalan club. Thanks to the enduring and indomitable genius of Lionel Messi, Barca comfortably rolled over Alaves 3-1 at the ... Barcelona vs. Alavés, Copa del Rey Final 2017: Match Review, Community Player RatingsBarca Blaugranes (blog) Jones: Little Alaves upstage BarcelonaESPN FC (blog) Barcelona Wins Its Third Straight Copa del ReyNew York Times Hollywood Life -Reuters -Sport24 -The Independent all 293 news articles »
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Barcelona 'fully support' Messi after fraud sentence
Reuters.com - 9 months
(Reuters) - La Liga club Barcelona have expressed their support for Argentine striker Lionel Messi and his father after the Spanish Supreme Court upheld their prison sentences over tax fraud charges, although neither are expected to go to jail.
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Lionel Messi loses Spanish Supreme Court appeal on tax-fraud conviction
LATimes - 9 months
Lionel Messi has lost his appeal to the Spanish Supreme Court concerning his tax-fraud conviction. The court confirmed the 21-month prison sentence handed to Messi for defrauding tax authorities of 4.1 million euros ($4.6 million) from 2007 to 2009. He is not expected to go to prison because sentences...
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Police Detain Man Who Looks (Too Much) Like Lionel Messi
NYTimes - 10 months
An Iranian student looks so much like the professional soccer player that it almost landed him in jail.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lionel Messi
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  • 2016
    On 13 September 2016, Messi scored his first hat-trick of the season in the opening game of the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League campaign against Celtic in a 7–0 victory, this was also Messi's sixth hat-trick in the Champions League which is most by any player.
    Three days later, he scored two goals and provided an assist to lead Barcelona to a 6–2 victory against Real Betis in the opening game of the 2016–17 La Liga season.
    Messi opened the 2016–17 season by lifting the 2016 Supercopa de España as Barcelona's captain in the absence of the injured Iniesta; he set-up Munir's goal in a 2–0 away win over Sevilla in the first leg on 14 August, and subsequently scored and assisted in a 3–0 win in the return leg on 17 August.
    In 2016, Messi was second on Forbes list of the world's highest-paid athletes (after Cristiano Ronaldo) with income of $81.4 million from his salary and endorsements in 2015–16.
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    On 18 June 2016, in the quarter-final of the Copa América against Venezuela, Messi produced another man of the match performance, assisting two goals and scoring another in a 4–1 victory, which enabled him to equal Gabriel Batistuta's national record of 54 goals in official international matches.
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    On 6 July 2016, Messi and his father were both found guilty of tax fraud and were handed suspended 21-month prison sentences and respectively ordered to pay €1.7 million and €1.4 million in fines.
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    He stood trial alongside his father on three counts of tax evasion in May 2016.
    Messi's place in Argentina's Copa América Centenario squad was initially put in jeopardy when he sustained a back injury in a 1–0 friendly win over Honduras in a pre-Copa América warm-up match on 27 May 2016.
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    In February 2016, Messi used social media and UNICEF to track down an Afghanistani boy in a photo that went viral, which showed him wearing a homemade shirt made from a striped blue plastic bag with "Messi 10" etched on the back, imitating the Argentina strip.
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    On 6 January 2016, recording Barcelona's first goal of the new year, Messi scored two goals and assisted the other two in a 4–1 derby win over Espanyol at the Camp Nou, in the first leg of the Round of 16 of the 2015–16 Copa del Rey.
    Their success was reflected in a new contract, signed on 18 September, which committed Messi to the club through 2016 with a new buyout clause of €250 million, while his salary increased to €12 million.
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  • 2015
    He missed training ahead of a match against Atlético Madrid to attend the birth of his second son, Mateo, on 11 September 2015 in Barcelona.
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    Messi finished the 2015–16 season by setting up both goals in Barcelona's 2–0 extra time win over Sevilla in the 2016 Copa del Rey Final, at the Vicente Calderón Stadium, on 22 May 2016, as the club celebrated winning the domestic double for the second consecutive season.
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    A few days later, he scored both goals in Barcelona's 0–2 win against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, in the first leg of the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League Round of 16, with the second goal being Barcelona's 10,000th in official competitions.
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    Messi capped off the year by opening the scoring in the 36th minute of the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup Final on 20 December, collecting his fifth club trophy of 2015 as Barcelona went on to defeat River Plate 3–0 in Yokohama, and winning the tournament's Silver Ball, despite missing the semi-final.
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    Messi opened the 2015–16 season by scoring twice from free kicks in Barcelona's 5–4 victory over Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup.
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  • 2014
    World Press Photo selected "The Final Game", a photograph of Messi facing the World Cup trophy after Argentina's final defeat to Germany, as the best sports image of 2014.
    Messi regained his best form during the 2014–15 campaign, breaking the all-time goalscoring records in both La Liga and the Champions League in November 2014, and led Barcelona to a historic second treble.
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    Under their new manager, former captain Luis Enrique, Messi experienced a largely injury-free start to the 2014–15 season, allowing him to break three more longstanding records towards the end of the year.
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    After prolonged speculation over his future with the club, Messi signed a new contract on 19 May 2014, only a year after his last contractual update; his salary increased to €20 million, or €36 million before taxes, the highest wage ever in the sport.
    On 16 September, his contract was updated for the second time in three months and extended to 2014.
  • 2013
    To celebrate his son's first birthday, in November 2013, Messi and Thiago were part of a publicity campaign to raise awareness of mortality rates among disadvantaged children.
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    Messi, who pleaded ignorance of the alleged scheme, voluntarily paid arrears of €5.1 million in August 2013.
    Messi's financial affairs came under investigation in 2013 for suspected tax evasion. Offshore companies in tax havens Uruguay and Belize were allegedly used to evade €4.1 million in taxes related to sponsorship earnings between 2007 and 2009.
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    A 2013 Turkish Airlines advertisement starring Messi, in which he engages in a selfie competition with Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, was the most-watched ad on YouTube in the year of its release, receiving 137 million views, and was subsequently voted the best advertisement of the 2005–15 decade to commemorate YouTube's founding.
    During the second half of the 2013–14 season, doubts persisted over Messi's form, leading to a perception among the culés that he was reserving himself for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
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    Messi continued to struggle with injury throughout 2013, eventually parting ways with his long-time personal physiotherapist.
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  • 2012
    Thiago was born in Barcelona on 2 November 2012, with Messi attending the birth after being given permission by Barcelona to miss training.
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    As Messi maintained his goalscoring form into the second half of the season, the year 2012 saw him break several longstanding records.
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  • 2011
    For his efforts in 2011, he again received the FIFA Ballon d'Or, becoming only the fourth player in history to win the Ballon d'Or three times, after Johan Cruyff, Michel Platini, and Marco van Basten.
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    As Messi developed into a combination of a number eight (a creator), a nine (scorer), and a 10 (assistant), he scored an unprecedented 73 goals and provided 29 assists in all club competitions during the 2011–12 season, producing a hat-trick or more on 10 occasions.
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  • 2010
    His club performances in 2010 earned him the inaugural FIFA Ballon d'Or, an amalgamation of the Ballon d'Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year award, though his win was met with some criticism due to his lack of success with Argentina at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
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    Assuming a playmaking role, he was again instrumental in a clásico on 29 November 2010, the first with José Mourinho in charge of Real Madrid, as Barcelona defeated their rivals 5–0.
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    Messi secured their first trophy of the 2010–11 campaign, the Supercopa de España, by scoring a hat-trick in their 4–0 victory over Sevilla, after a first-leg defeat.
    Unsatisfied with his position on the right wing, Messi resumed playing as a false nine in early 2010, beginning with a Champions League last 16 round match against Stuttgart.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    During a clásico on 2 May 2009, however, he played for the first time as a false nine, positioned as a centre-forward but dropping deep into midfield to link up with Xavi and Andrés Iniesta.
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    After keeping their relationship private for a year, Messi first confirmed their romance in an interview in January 2009, before going public a month later during a carnival in Sitges after the Barcelona–Espanyol derby.
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  • 2008
    Ahead of the 2008 Summer Olympics, Barcelona legally barred Messi from representing Argentina at the tournament as it coincided with their Champions League qualifying matches.
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    In his first uninterrupted campaign, the 2008–09 season, he scored 38 goals in 51 games, contributing alongside Eto'o and winger Thierry Henry to a total of 100 goals in all competitions, a record at the time for the club.
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    Despite his injuries early in the year, his performances in 2008 saw him again voted runner-up for the Ballon d'Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year award, both times behind Cristiano Ronaldo.
    He signed a new contract in July 2008 on an annual salary of €7.8 million, becoming the club's highest-paid player.
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    He returned to score twice in their away victory against Celtic in the last 16 round of the Champions League, becoming the competition's top scorer at that point with six goals, but reinjured himself during the return leg on 4 March 2008.
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  • 2007
    Although he managed to score 16 goals during the 2007–08 campaign, the second half of his season was again marred by injuries after he suffered a torn hamstring on 15 December.
    His efforts in 2007 also earned him award recognition; journalists voted him the third-best player of the year for the Ballon d'Or, behind Kaká and runner-up Cristiano Ronaldo, while international managers and national team captains voted him second for the FIFA World Player of the Year award, again behind Kaká.
    On 10 March 2007, he scored his first hat-trick in a clásico, the first player to do so in 12 years, equalising after each goal by Real Madrid to end the match in a 3–3 draw in extra time.
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  • 2006
    However, he continued to be plagued by major injuries; a metatarsal fracture sustained on 12 November 2006 kept him out of action for three months.
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    While Barcelona began a gradual decline, the 19-year-old Messi established himself as one of the best players in the world during the 2006–07 campaign.
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    After he had scored 8 goals in 25 games, including his first in the Champions League, his season ended prematurely during the return leg against Chelsea on 7 March 2006, when he suffered a torn hamstring.
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  • 2005
    After making his senior debut in August 2005, Messi became the youngest Argentine to play and score in a FIFA World Cup during the 2006 edition, and reached the final of the 2007 Copa América, where he was named young player of the tournament.
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    An Argentine international, Messi is his country's all-time leading goalscorer. At youth level, he won the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, finishing the tournament with both the Golden Ball and Golden Shoe, and an Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
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    On 24 June 2005, his 18th birthday, Messi signed his first contract as a senior team player.
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    He scored his first senior goal on 1 May 2005, against Albacete, from an assist by Ronaldinho, becoming at that time the youngest-ever scorer for the club.
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    He was subsequently included in the squad for the South American Youth Championship, held in Colombia in February 2005.
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  • 2004
    Since his debut the previous November, he had not been called up to the first team again, but in October 2004, the senior players asked manager Frank Rijkaard to promote him.
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    During the 2004–05 season, Messi was a guaranteed starter for the B team, playing 17 games throughout the campaign and scoring on six occasions.
    After a fast progression through Barcelona's youth academy, Messi made his competitive debut aged 17 in October 2004.
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    His progress was reflected in his first professional contract, signed on 4 February 2004, which lasted until 2012 and contained an initial buyout clause of €30 million.
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  • 2003
    At 16 years, four months, and 23 days old, he made his first team debut when he came on in the 75th minute during a friendly against José Mourinho's Porto on 16 November 2003.
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    During the 2003–04 season, his fourth with Barcelona, Messi rapidly progressed through the club's ranks, debuting for a record five teams in a single campaign.
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  • 2002
    During his first full season, in 2002–03, he was top scorer with 36 goals in 30 games for the Cadetes A, who won an unprecedented treble of the league and both the Spanish and Catalan cups.
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    After a year at Barcelona's youth academy, La Masia, Messi was finally enrolled in the Royal Spanish Football Federation in February 2002.
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  • 2000
    As the Messi family had relatives in Catalonia, they sought to arrange a trial with Barcelona in September 2000.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1987
    Lionel Andrés Messi was born on 24 June 1987 in Rosario, Santa Fe, the third of four children of Jorge Messi, a steel factory manager, and his wife Celia Cuccittini, who worked in a magnet manufacturing workshop.
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