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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

Messi and Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer Are Final Nominees For 2014 FIFA Ballon d’Or

By IBTimes AU

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer are the final nominees for the 2014 FIFA Ballon d’Or (Dec 02)

MORE TOPICS: PORTUGAL, GERMANY, ARGENTINA, UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE, REAL MADRID

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo holds his trophy after being awarded the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013
Ballon d'Or 2014 Prediction: Ronaldo, Messi or Neuer

By IBTimes AU

The names of shortlisted candidates for Ballon d'Or were declared on Monday, Dec. 1. (Dec 02)

MORE TOPICS: PORTUGAL, GERMANY, ARGENTINA, UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE, REAL MADRID

Barcelona's Neymar
Brazilian Soccer Legend Ronaldo Says Neymar Will Soon Become World's Best Football Player

By IBTimes AU

From the legendary Brazilian soccer player, Ronaldo has declared that Neymar will become the world's best soccer player soon (Dec 02)

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WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. of the U.S. talks about his hand during a post fight news conference after beating Marcos Maidana of Argentina at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada September 13, 2014. Mayweather said he los
Boxing News: CBS CEO Les Moonves Talks With Bob Arum, Willing To Make Pacquiao Vs. Mayweather Happen - Freddie Roach

By IBTimes AU

The much-awaited superbout between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather might finally happen soon, after Freddie Roach revealed that the "right persons" in CBS CEO Les Moonves and Top Rank chief Bob Arum have already commenced talks. (Dec 01)

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi (L) and Gerard Pique celebrate after their team scored a goal against Valencia during their Spanish first division soccer match at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia November 30, 2014.
La Liga: Fan Hits Lionel Messi In The Head With Water Bottle While Celebrating A Goal Against Valencia [VIDEO]

By IBTimes AU

A Valencia supporter was on-target at the Mestalla on Monday (AEST), as his water bottle was able to find its way to the head of FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi. (Dec 01)

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Chelsea's manager Jose Mourinho reacts next to Schalke 04's coach Roberto Di Matteo (L) during their Champions League group G soccer match in Gelsenkirchen November 25, 2014.
Transfer News: Jose Mourinho Belies Lionel Messi Exit Speculations

By IBTimes AU

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho belied speculations stating that FC Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi could be headed for the exit doors at the Nou Camp. (Nov 29)

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates his second goal during the Spanish first division soccer match against Sevilla at Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona November 22, 2014. Messi set a La Liga scoring record of 253 goals when he netted a hat-trick in Satur
FC Barcelona Transfer News: Lack Of Recent Success Could Force Lionel Messi To Leave - Report

By IBTimes AU

Sky Sports Spanish football pundit Guillem Balague opined that FC Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi could be forced to leave the Nou Camp due to a lack of success as of late. (Nov 25)

MORE TOPICS: TWITTER, REAL MADRID

Barcelona's Lionel Messi (L) reacts as Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo closes in
Transfer News: FC Barcelona Exit For Messi Is Possible - Tata Martino

By IBTimes AU

Former FC Barcelona manager and now-Argentina overseer Tata Martino believes that Lionel Messi could possibly make his way through the exits of Camp Nou. (Nov 20)

MORE TOPICS: TWITTER, ARGENTINA

Barcelona's Lionel Messi (L) reacts as Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo closes in
Transfer News: FC Barcelona Talisman Lionel Messi Unsure About Future

By IBTimes AU

FC Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi never hid his desire to stay at the Nou Camp until he plays his final competitive match in club football, but it seems that Barca's inability to find a leader that can lead them back to glory is getting to the Argentine. (Nov 19)

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Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger reacts during their English Premier League soccer match against Crystal Palace at the Emirates stadium in London August 16, 2014.
Cristiano Ronaldo's Goal Tally Might Demoralize Lionel Messi - Arsene Wenger

By IBTimes AU

Arsenela boss Arsene Wenger believes that Cristiano Ronaldo's extraordinary tally in front of goal for Real Madrid this season might have an effect on his top rival, FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi. (Nov 17)

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