Lionel Messi

Career Data

Clubs: Barcelona (Esp/since 2005)

International appearances: 84

International goals: 37

International debut: 17/08/2005, Hungary-Argentina (1-2)

Last international appearance: 05/03/2014, Romania-Argentina (0-0)

Playing Honours

International

World Cup: quarter-finalist (2006, 2010), 8 matches, 1 goal

Copa America: quarter-finalist (2011), finalist (2007), 10 matches, 2 goals

Club

3 Champions Leagues (2006, 2009, 2011)

2 FIFA Club World Cups (2009, 2011)

2 European Supercups (2009, 2011)

6 Spanish Championships (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013)

2 Spanish Cups (2009, 2012)

6 Spanish Supercups (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013)

Other Honours

1 Olympic Gold Medal (2008)

Under-20′s World Cup: winner (2005), voted best player and was top scorer

Ballon d’Or (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)

Fifa world player of the year (2009)

European Golden Boot (2010/34 goals, 2012/50 goals/record), 2013/46 goals)

UEFA – Best player of the year (2010/2011)

Barcelona’s magical midfielder Lionel Messi has won the Champions League three times and the Ballon d’Or four times, but will need to win a World Cup with Argentina to earn his place alongside Pele and Maradona as a pretender to the title of greatest ever player. He’ll be 27 during the World Cup and has a strong team around him, but must carry them further than the 2006 and 2010 quarter-finals, where he was good but not great. In the last two Copa America he also failed to set things on fire. His finest moments have come with Barcelona and he is their top ever scorer, La Liga’s top ever scorer in a single season and has set all kinds of records on his way to six Spanish titles. Most pundits feel he is the best player in the World today, but can he deliver for Argentina?

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