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Lionel Messi

28-Year-Old Forward     Barcelona  La Liga


STATUS:  Out   INJURY:  Abdomen    EST. RETURN:  Unknown
Birthdate:  June 24, 1987    Birthplace:  Rosario, Argentina
Nationality:  Argentina    Height:  5' 7"    Weight:  143 lbs    
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February 8, 2016    Lionel Messi News

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Messi is expected to undergo surgery Tuesday to address a persistent kidney problem, Sport reports.

Messi did not train Monday, with the club saying he was away on a personal matter, and while he is expected to return to training Thursday, he will miss Wednesday's Copa del Rey semifinal second leg against Valencia, and he could be held out of this weekend's La Liga match against Celta Vigo.

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January 25, 2016

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Messi fired off six shots, provided three key passes, put in two crosses and scored the winning goal in the 51st minute of Saturday's triumph over Malaga.

The diminutive wizard was at it again in yet another Man of the Match performance, securing the fifth consecutive victory for the Blaugrana. Messi now has seven goals in his last five games in all competitions, and while he has been hampered by injuries for much of the season, he is still scoring at nearly a goal-per-game clip. Messi will look to extend his fine run of form in Wednesday's Copa del Rey Quarter-final versus Athletic Bilbao.

January 12, 2016

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Messi took five shots, made two key passes and scored a hat-trick in Saturday's 4-0 win over Granada.

The newly-crowned Ballon d'Or winner missed nearly two months due to injury earlier this season, but he has picked up right where he left off since returning, as he now has 11 goals and three assists in nine starts. Messi has been particularly productive with five goals over his last two matches, and he will look to continue his dominance in Wednesday's Copa del Rey match versus Espanyol.

December 16, 2015

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Messi fired off five shots, supplied an assist and scored his fifth league goal of the season in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Deportivo.

The masterful Argentine has hit the ground running since returning from a long injury layoff, with four goals and three assists in five starts. Messi is undeniably effective every time he steps on the pitch, and this type of production is well in line with what he is capable of as long as he stays healthy. Barcelona is currently in Japan for the Club World Cup, and they will resume league play against Real Betis on Dec. 30.

November 21, 2015

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Messi came on in the 57th minute of Saturday's match against Real Madrid, finishing with two shots and one foul drawn in his first game since suffering a knee injury Sept. 26 against Las Palmas.

Barcelona have been dominant even without Messi, and they took a 3-0 lead Saturday before he even entered the match. Luis Suarez (two goals) and Neymar (one goal and one assist) led the dominant performance Saturday, and all three are likely to start together for Tuesday's Champions League match against Roma.

September 26, 2015

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Messi is expected to miss 7-to-8 weeks because of the knee injury he suffered Saturday against Las Palmas.

Messi suffered the injury early in Saturday's match and had to come off before the 10-minute mark. Barcelona went on to win thanks to a Luis Suarez brace, and he'll likely shoulder much of the scoring load during Messi's absence, with Neymar also stepping up. Messi's injury is a huge blow to Barcelona, though they have enough talent to maintain their high spot in La Liga and the group stage of the Champions League.

September 26, 2015

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Messi had scans on his knee at a hospital after injuring it Saturday against Las Palmas, and he was seen limping out of the building, according to AS.

Messi's limp was considerable, and while the results of the scans haven't been made public yet, he's likely looking at a decent absence. There has been talk that he could return within three weeks, though nothing can be decided until the results have been reviewed.

September 26, 2015

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Messi suffered a knee injury during Saturday's match against Las Palmas and had to be subbed off in the 10th minute.

Messi has been incredibly fit during his career, so a serious injury would be a huge blow to Barcelona and fantasy owners. Luis Suarez and Neymar are still more than capable of leading the line, but losing arguably the best player in the world will hurt.