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Birthdate:  June 24, 1987    Birthplace:  Rosario, Argentina    Nationality:  Argentina    Height:  5' 7"    Weight:  143 lbs    

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Messi won the Golden Ball Award at the World Cup in Brazil, given to the tournament's most outstanding player.

While Messi had a solid tournament, Colombia's James Rodriguez was widely considered the favorite to win the award, especially after he won the Golden Boot by scoring six goals in five games. Nevertheless, Messi led his team to the final, where they eventually lost 1-0 to Germany in extra time. He will now get a bit of a rest before preseason training begins for Barcelona.

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June 25, 2014

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Messi scored two first-half goals during Argentina's 3-2 win over Nigeria in their final group stage match of the World Cup on Wednesday.

Messi is now tied with FC Barcelona teammate Neymar with four goals at the World Cup, although Messi has the Golden Ball lead thanks to playing fewer minutes than his Brazilian counterpart.

June 21, 2014

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Messi scored one minute into stoppage time to help Argentina seal a 1-0 win over Iran at the World Cup on Saturday.

Argentina appeared headed for a single-point against Iran, but Messi banged a brilliant strike that hooked into the back of the net with only minutes remaining. Argentina have six points through two matches, with Messi scoring in both, and have qualified for the knockout stage.

June 15, 2014

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Messi scored in the 65th minute of Argentina's 2-1 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina in their World Cup opener on Sunday.

The goal was classic Messi, as he brought the ball up field, dumped it off to Gonzalo Higuain, who delivered it back to Messi, who dribbled three more times before firing a shot off the left goal post, which pushed the ball passed the end line. Messi remains one of the best scorers in the world, and he is expected to help Argentina make a deep run in the tournament.

May 16, 2014

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Messi agreed to a contract extension Friday that will keep him at Barcelona until June 2019, the BBC reports.

Messi is expected to be paid 20 million at the end of the deal, which could actually increase if he hits certain performance-linked bonuses. The Argentinian striker has 41 goals in 43 games this season in all competitions.

May 4, 2014

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Messi scored in the 23rd minute of Barcelona's surprising 2-2 draw with Getafe on Saturday.

Messi has now found the back of the net 28 times in 29 league appearances this season, which puts him two behind league-leader Cristiano Ronaldo, who will look to increase his total Sunday.

February 23, 2014

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Messi scored in the 36th minute of Barcelona's 1-3 loss to Real Sociedad on Saturday.

Messi, who has been bothered by injuries this season, now has 14 goals and eight assists in 18 La Liga matches. While the injuries have been bothersome, when he's healthy, he's arguably the greatest player on the planet.

February 19, 2014

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Messi scored from the spot in the 54th minute of Tuesday's 2-0 Champions League win at Manchester City.

Messi drew the penalty himself after getting taken down my Martin Demichelis. Replays showed that the foul occurred just outside the box, although the referee had already rewarded a penalty kick. The goal was Messi's first at a Premier League ground, and put plenty of pressure on Manchester City in the second leg.