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Lionel Messi

Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi (Spanish pronunciation: [ljoˈnel anˈdɾes ˈmesi]; born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine footballer who currently plays for FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team as a forward or winger. He also holds Spanish citizenship, which makes him eligible as a EU player. Considered one of the best football players of his generation and frequently cited as the world's best contemporary player, Messi received several Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations by the age of 21 and won both by the age of 22. He also won the 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or at the age of 23. His playing style and ability have drawn comparisons to Diego Maradona, who himself declared Messi his "successor".

Articles About Lionel Messi

File photo of Liverpool's Suarez celebrating after scoring during their English Premier League soccer match against Everton in Liverpool
‘Luis Suarez is No Servant to Lionel Messi:’ Martin Lasarte

By IBTimes AU

Lionel Messi may be the greatest footballer on earth at the moment but Luis Suarez is not going play the second fiddle in FC Barcelona. That is what Martin Lasarte, the former Uruguay national coach, believes. (Jul 24)

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Arsenal FC Transfer News: Lionel Messi's Gunners Link a Ploy to Receive Improved Deal

By IBTimes AU

FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has reportedly considered moving to Arsenal after suffering from a trophy-less 2013/14 season at the Nou Camp. (Jul 23)

MORE TOPICS: TWITTER, LONDON

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo holds his Ballon d'Or (Golden Ball) trophy after winning the FIFA World Player of the Year 2013 award, before their Spanish first division soccer match against Granada at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid January 25,
5 Most Valuable Sports Teams of 2014

By IBTimes AU Special

You wouldn't believe how much these teams are worth. (Jul 21)

MORE TOPICS: MICROSOFT, GENERAL MOTORS, STEVE BALLMER, LOS ANGELES, MANCHESTER UNITED, REAL MADRID

Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their goal during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match agaonst Iran at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte
Thierry Henry: Cristiano Ronaldo No Match to Lionel Messi

By IBTimes AU

Legendary French footballer Thierry Henry fuelled the Messi-Ronaldo debate even further as he said that Lionel Messi was a better player than Cristiano Ronaldo. (Jul 21)

MORE TOPICS: PORTUGAL, ARGENTINA

Argentina fans wear masks of former Argentine soccer players Diego Maradona and Sebastian Veron (L) during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match against Nigeria at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre June 25, 2014.
Diego Maradona: Lionel Messi Does Not Deserve Golden Ball

By IBTimes AU

Just a day removed from bowing to Germany in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Messi gains another staunch critic of his selection as the best player of the tournament or the recipient of the Golden Ball. This comes no less from fellow Argentine and football legend Diego Maradona. (Jul 15)

MORE TOPICS: GERMANY, ARGENTINA

Argentina's Lionel Messi reacts after the whistle after extra time in the 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro July 13, 2014.
Lionel Messi Wins the Golden Ball, Longs for the World Cup Victory Instead

By IBTimes AU

Lionel Messi even after failing to bring home the coveted World Cup has been selected as the recipient of the Golden Ball after being adjudged the best player of the tournament. (Jul 14)

MORE TOPICS: ARGENTINA

Germany's Mario Goetze hugs his girlfriend Ann-Kathrin Brommel after extra time in the 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro July 13, 2014.
Messi Who? Meet Mario Goetze (and GF Ann-Kathrin Brommel Vida) Germany’s World Cup Hero [PICTURES]

By IBTimes AU

Who is Mario Geotze? And why is he better than Lionel Messi? IBT Sports Australia already did a profile of him here: Mario Goetze: The Man Behind Germany’s 2014 World Cup Win but the world can’t get enough of the relatively unknown super sub. (Jul 14)

MORE TOPICS: GERMANY, AUSTRALIA, ARGENTINA

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (centre R) and German President Joachim Gauck (centre L) pose with the Germany's coach Joachim Loew (front R) and his players
Germany Take Fourth FIFA World Cup Title: Scenes From the Finals

By IBTimes AU

The German National Football Team have won their fourth FIFA World Cup title in Brazil against Argentina with a 1-0 score line after extra time. This is Germany's first FIFA World Cup title since the reunification of Germany. (Jul 14)

MORE TOPICS: GERMANY, ARGENTINA, RUSSIA, INVESTMENT

Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger (7) holds the World Cup trophy
Germany Wins 2014 FIFA World Cup Title By Defeating Argentina 1-0 In Extra Time

By IBTimes AU

Germany have won the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil with a stunning extra time goal by Mario Götze. Die Mannschaft has defeated South American giants Argentina 1-0 at the iconic Maracana Stadium in Rio De Janeiro to take their fourth FIFA World Cup crown. (Jul 14)

MORE TOPICS: GERMANY, ARGENTINA, SOUTH AFRICA

FIFA World Cup 2014 Dream Team
FIFA World Cup 2014 Dream Team: The Best of The Best

By IBTimes AU

Only one team ended up winning the title as always but there were several who stood out with their performance. There can be a few other versions of the “Dream Team.” Here is ours. (Jul 14)

MORE TOPICS: PORTUGAL, GERMANY, ARGENTINA, MEXICO