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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

FC Barcelona's player Xavi Hernandez waves before a news conference at Joan Gamper training camp, near Barcelona August 5, 2014. Spain midfielder Xavi has retired from internationals at the age of 34, he said on Tuesday. The Barcelona player represen
Xavi Says He Doesn’t Want To Leave Barcelona, Calls Messi As The Greatest Ever

By IBTimes AU

Xavi wants to stay at Barcelona. (4:15 pm)

Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas celebrates after scoring a goal against Schalke 04 during their Champions League soccer match against at Stamford Bridge in London September 17, 2014.
Champions League Results: Barcelona Barely Escapes With A Win, Chelsea Fails To Hold On To The Lead [PHOTOS]

By IBTimes AU

There were a few too many surprises on matchday 1 of the Champions League, as mighty FC Barcelona barely escaped with a win against a modest APOEL Nicosia side, while Chelsea failed to hold on to a 1-0 lead against Schalke. (2:42 pm)

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Chelsea's manager Jose Mourinho smiles before their English Premier League soccer match against Burnley at Turf Moor in Burnley, northern England August 18, 2014.
Chelsea FC Transfer News: 11-Year-Old La Masia Prodigy Xavier Simons Targeted By Blues

By IBTimes AU

Chelsea are reported to be convincing the family of an 11-year-old La Masia prodigy named Xavier Simons to move to Stamford Bridge. (Sep 11)

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates his second goal against Elche during their Spanish first division soccer match at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona August 24, 2014.
Transfer News: Van Gaal Believes Man Utd Can Land Di Maria And Messi

By IBTimes AU

In the wake of his side's winless run in the Premier League, Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal seems to be desperate in landing world-class players in the likeness of Angel di Maria, and ambitiously, Lionel Messi, to help him make the 3-5-2 work. (Aug 25)

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Brazilian soccer player and Barcelona forward Neymar waves as he wears a "Yukata", a casual summer Kimono, after receiving it as a souvenir from the organizer during a fan event in Tokyo July 31, 2014. Neymar flew into Japan on Thursday for a pr
Neymar Effective in Return For Barcelona

By IBTimes AU

The Kid is back. Brazilian soccer superstar Neymar completed his comeback in impressive fashion as he tallied two goals in the exhibition match between his mother club, Barcelona against Mexican team Leon. (Aug 19)

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Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal waves upon arriving for a promotional event in Tokyo July 22, 2014. Ronaldo said on Tuesday he is focused on having another successful season after a disappointing campaign in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Transfer News: Real Madrid Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo Considers Manchester United Return [VIDEO]

By IBTimes AU

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo did not hide his desire to move back to the club where his name rose to stardom - Manchester United. (Aug 03)

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Argentina's Messi reacts after Germany won their 2014 World Cup final at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro
Lionel Messi Accused of Forming Fraudulent Companies to Avoid Tax

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Messi, if proven guilty, would be prosecuted for tax evasion by a Spanish court. (Jul 29)

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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)

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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)

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