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Lionel Messi

27-Year-Old Forward     Barcelona  La Liga


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

November 22, 2014    Lionel Messi News

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Messi broke the all-time La Liga goal scoring record with a hat-trick in Saturday's 5-1 thrashing of Sevilla.

After a week when some started to doubt Messi's long-term interest in staying at Barca, he put in an absolute master class on his way to the record.

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November 7, 2014

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Messi can break the all-time La Liga goal scoring record with two tallies on Saturday against Almeria.

Records like the ones Messi keeps breaking are usually reserved for players in the twilight of their career, not a 27-year-old. When Messi last saw Almeria, he notched a brace, so Saturday could be a historic day for La Liga.

November 5, 2014

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Messi netted twice, tying Madrid legend Raul's record of 71 career Champions League goals as Barcelona coasted to a 2-0 win over Ajax on Wednesday.

Wrap your head around the staggering statistic that Messi tied the record in 52 fewer games than it took for Raul to get there. Barca punched their ticket into the Round of 16 with the win.

October 4, 2014

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Messi took eight shots and scored a goal during Barcelona's 2-0 win over Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.

Messi has now scored five goals in his last five games in all competitions, four of which have come in La Liga play. He'll head out for the international break with six league goals this season, which puts him one behind teammate Neymar and four behind Cristiano Ronaldo, who plays Sunday against Athletic.

September 30, 2014

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Messi scored in the 11th minute of Barcelona's 3-2 Champions League loss at Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.

Messi's goal came one minute after David Luiz opened the scoring for PSG, but it ultimately wouldn't be enough to help Barca grab a point. Messi has been in excellent form of late, scoring four goals and assisting on seven others in his last seven games in all competitions. He'll look to continue his excellent play Saturday against Rayo Vallecano in La Liga play.

September 29, 2014

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Messi had two goals and two assists during Barcelona's 6-0 win over Granada on Saturday.

Known mostly for his goal-scoring, Messi has been very good at setting up others this season, as he now leads La Liga with six assists in five games. That being said, he's still scoring with the best of them, as he is third in the league in goals behind Cristiano Ronaldo (10) and teammate Neymar (six).

September 14, 2014

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Messi assisted on both of Neymar's second-half goals during Barcelona's 2-0 victory over Athletic Club on Saturday.

Messi pulled out of the Argentina squad during the international break due to a thigh injury, but he didn't look slowed at all by it Saturday. He is in excellent form early in the season, with two goals and two assists through three matches.

September 12, 2014

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Messi is expected to play Saturday against Athletic Club despite pulling out of Argentina duty over the international break due to a thigh injury, ESPN FC reports. "Messi is ready to play," manager Luis Enrique said Friday. "He did some individual work, and more with the group."

Messi scored two goals in Barcelona's La Liga opener against Elche back on Aug. 24 and remains an elite fantasy option when he's full fit, which he is now.