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

February 23, 2014    Lionel Messi News

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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.

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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.

January 10, 2014

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Messi is not expected to be in the starting XI, but will be available off the bench, for Saturday's La Liga match against Atletico Madrid, Marca reports.

Messi returned Wednesday during Barcelona's Copa del Rey match against Getafe, the first time he's played in nearly two months due to a hamstring injury. He made quite an impact, coming on in the 64th minute and then scoring twice in the match's final five minutes. While he may not be able to start Saturday's match, he's proven time and time again that he doesn't need much time on the pitch to make a big impact.

January 8, 2014

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Messi is available off the bench for Barcelona's Copa del Rey match against Getafe.

Messi is getting closer to his long-awaited return from a hamstring injury that has held him out since November. If he's able to make it on the pitch Wednesday, he's got a great shot at starting Saturday's big La Liga clash with Atletico Madrid.

January 7, 2014

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Messi (hamstring) is in line to be fit for Wednesday's Copa del Rey match against Getafe, Sky Sports reports.

There is no guarantee that Messi would start the match, but if he is able to make an appearance, he would have a great chance of being back in the starting XI for Saturday's La Liga clash with Atletico Madrid.

January 5, 2014

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Messi, who has returned to training following a hamstring injury and was held out of Sunday's clash with Elche, could be held out of next weekend's La Liga match against Atletico Madrid, reports. Manager Gerardo Martino said "Messi is fine, but I don't know if he'll be able to play against Atletico. He has trained well though, and looks good physically and mentally. I haven't decided on a team for the Copa del Rey game [on Wednesday] yet, let alone next weekend."

Messi hasn't exactly been ruled out, but Martino seems pretty intent on ensuring that Messi is truly 100 percent before putting him back on the pitch. When he does, Messi will vault back into the top tier of fantasy strikers, alongside with Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Costa.

January 4, 2014

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Messi has returned to fitness following a hamstring injury, but will not feature in Sunday's Liga match against Elche, the Associated Press reports.

Messi returned to first team training this week, but manager Gerardo Martino said he wants him to get a few more days in with his top-level teammates before making his return to the pitch for a match. Messi's next opportunity will come Wednesday against Getafe in a Copa del Rey Round of 16 tie.

January 2, 2014

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Messi (hamstring) has returned to training with Barcelona and could feature in Sunday's La Liga tie with Elche, reports.

Messi hasn't played since November 10 due to his hamstring injury, but has been rehabbing recently in Argentina. If he is good to go Sunday, he vaults back up the fantasy rankings.