A very Messi decade

A very Messi decade

9+25+36+40+51+53+55+60+50+46+9 = 434. 1+8+17+16+38+47+53+73+60+41+7 = 361. 0+3+3+13+17+11+24+29+15+14+7 = 135. 434 games played, 361 goals scored, 135 assists given. 434, 361, 135. That’s Lionel Messi’s decade in the FC Barcelona first team by the numbers, for on this day, 10 years ago Messi officially took the pitch in blaugrana for the first time.

Had Newell’s Old Boys or another Argentine club committed to paying the medical expenses a young Messi critically needed, nothing would have been the same. Had Carles Rexach not fought against the majority at the club week after week and Joan Lacueva not personally paid for Messi’s treatment while the club foundered in disagreement before eventually signing the player on a napkin, nothing would have been the same. Anyone who has ever wished more from Messi, or even worse wished him elsewhere, should feel entirely ashamed. That Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini found his way to Barça is the most fortunate of occurrences a football fan could ever dream of. So feel lucky, feel appreciative, feel blessed and more you’ve been around to witness history unfold, that one day you can say you and I saw Leo Messi, the very best there ever was.

To relive the highlights of Messi’s 10 years, FC Barcelona have put together this excellent interactive timeline.

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Dani Alves: I’m the one with most assists to Messi!

Dani Alves: I’m the one with most assists to Messi!

Dani Alves takes the headlines again reminding people of his worth and his aim to leave a lasting legacy in Barcelona before moving on with his career. The Brazilian right back arrived to Barça during Pep Guardiola’s reign in 2008, and since then he’s won two Champions Leagues, four league titles and many more trophies besides. Last week he made it clear that this was his last season wearing the Blaugrana shirt. But Alves wants to leave on a high. “My wish this year is to have a great year with Barça. I’d like to leave with the feeling that I’ve given everything for this club to continue to be great and continue to write pages of history,” he told La Vanguardia. More from Alves after the jump.

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Tribute for Messi in Bernabéu?

Tribute for Messi in Bernabéu?

Javier Tebas, president of Spain’s LFP has confirmed that the league is looking into the possibility of paying tribute to FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi once he breaks Telmo Zarra’s all-time goalscorer record in la Liga. What makes the prospect even sweeter is that the Argentinean is only a hat-trick of goals away from breaking the Athletic Bilbao legend’s record. And with the clasico approaching, Tebas isn’t ruling out the possibility of having Messi’s tribute in the Santiago Bernabéu.What?? Read on…

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Legal: Bad news for Messi & Neymargate continues

Legal: Bad news for Messi & Neymargate continues

Today’s news out of the court room in Gavà was not what Lionel Messi wanted. Despite recommendations from the tax authorities that Lionel himself had no understanding or say in his financial management, today the court rejected that notion which means Messi will stand trial for tax evasion. The worst case scenario would be a 21 million euro fine and a one year suspended prison sentence according to ESPNFC. Messi has five days to lodge an appeal against this decision. All the legal details below.

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Messi: “Neymar and I understand each other”

Messi: “Neymar and I understand each other”

Lionel Messi spoke to the media on Thursday during the club’s new sponsor’s ‘Gillette’ presentation, and the Argentinean made it clear that he’s optimistic of the team’s options this season. “We’re working well in training and we are trying to carry that forward into the games. The team is growing and we are on the right track. There’s more to come once we take everything on board that the boss is asking of us.” Read More from Barça’s all time goalscorer after the jump.

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Bartomeu: “Messi’s the best player in history”

Bartomeu: “Messi’s the best player in history”

FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu spoke to L’Equipe ahead of tonight’s game against Paris Saint-Germain, and addressed the rumors that surrounded Lionel Messi leaving the Catalan club. “It’s not true,” he insisted. “Never have we had this type of discussion about Messi. In April or May I said that we would make radical changes, but with Messi as the leader.”

“He’s under contract for the next four years and it won’t be the last [contract] with Barça. He’s still young and ambitious. For us, he’s the best player in the history of football.”

The president, who took power last January, also denied any knowledge that the French giants were after the Argentine before UEFA’s financial fair play rules brought down the club’s pursuit. “I have no information that Messi might have spoken to PSG. We’re opponents on the pitch but also off it, with regard to sponsors and players.”

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Luis Enrique: “Messi touched by a magic wand”

Luis Enrique: “Messi touched by a magic wand”

After a perfect performance from the team against Granada, Luis Enrique had nothing but praise for his players. “I thought we were intense, precise, ambitious, and solid on defence,” said the former Celta Vigo coach, “The players really did well tonight stopping the other team,” he said before adding, “This is the way to win.” More from the Barça boss after the jump.

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Video: #Messi400

In 524 games, the 27-year old Lionel Messi has managed to break the 400 goal barrier already in his career, after his double against Granada summed up his total to 401 goals for club (359) and country (42). What makes the record goal even sweeter, is how beautifully it was played out

Legend.

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Messi and Mascherano called-up by Argentina

Messi and Mascherano called-up by Argentina

Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano are featured in Tata Martino’s second Argentina call-up for friendlies against Neymar’s Brazil in Beijing on 11 October and three days later against Hong Kong. The duo had also been included in the former Barça manager’s first international call-up, but Leo Messi had not been able to play in Argentina’s 4-1 win against Germany due to some discomfort in his left thigh.

The match in Beijing between Brazil and Argentina will be this year’s ‘Superclásico de las Américas’ which for the first time will be a single match, played outside the South American continent.

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Picture of the day: Messi 2.0

Picture of the day: Messi 2.0

Lionel Messi’s nephew, 6-year-old Agustin, son of Leo’s brother Rodrigo, has joined FC Barcelona’s football school in Barcelona. Every football team in the youngster’s school is named after one of the first team players, so do you think Agustin is on Team Messi? No, he is on the Adriano team.

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Luis Enrique “Messi is outside all praise”

Luis Enrique “Messi is outside all praise”

FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique spoke with the press after Saturday’s game against Athletic Club. He said that he was happy with the teams performance and heaped praise on Messi. The Basque side made life difficult for the Catalans for nearly the entire match but then Messi assisted two chances that Neymar Jr slotted home to end the match 2-0 for Barça.

During the post match conference, Luis Enrique praised the game of Messi saying that Messi is not just the best player in the world for the goals he scores, or for his assists, but for everything. He is the best player in the world even in defence, that is the perfect version of Messi. Messi is outside all praise.” He also added that, “He does things you do not see even in Oliver and Benji [a childrens' cartoon], or the Playstation, what he does touches the impossible. We have got used to it, but it is a delight and a privilege to have the best player in the world in your team. Without a doubt.”

Read more from the Barça boss after the jump.

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The one and only baby ‘Messi’

The one and only baby ‘Messi’

Among Argentina’s long list of laws, a certain one prohibits parents from using surnames as first names. Nevertheless, that did not stop Hector Varela, an Argentinian man from the southern city of General Roca, to name his son after his football hero, Lionel Messi. Varela asked the authorites for permission to name his son ‘Messi’, and his request was accepted. Many surely hoped they would follow in his same footsteps, but in Messi’s hometown of Rosario, the head of civil registry took it upon himself to remind the citizens that the law still prohibits the use of surnames as first names in order to avoid confusion. Messi Daniel Varela will get to enjoy a unique name.

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Medical: Messi recovering well

Medical: Messi recovering well

Lionel Messi was examined today by Argentinean national team physician Daniel Martínez as well as FC Barcelona doctors in order to determine the progress made by the player following the groin strain in FC Barcelona’s league match against Villarreal CF on Sunday. Both parties agreed that the player’s condition has improved significantly. Messi will continue with a specific recovery routine for a few more days until he recovers completely and is ready to join his teammates in the next group training session.

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Quote of the day: Messi congratulates Argentina teammates

Quote of the day: Messi congratulates Argentina teammates

“Congratulations to my teammates who won in yesterday’s game against Germany, the first with Tata as manager. I’m sorry I couldn’t make it. This team has a lot to give and achieve in the future! #VamosArgentina” – LIO

Lionel Messi posted this on his Facebook after Argentina beat Germany 4-2 in a friendly yesterday.

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Messi’s Roots

Messi’s Roots

The story of Lionel Messi coming to Barcelona as a youngster and flourishing in the youth academy on his way to becoming the greatest player in the world is legendary. In a recent interview, Messi reflected on his experience in the Masia. Read on after the jump.

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Medical: Iniesta and Messi miss internationals

Medical: Iniesta and Messi miss internationals

It has been confirmed that both Lionel Messi and Andrés Iniesta will not participate in the upcoming international week with their respective national sides. The Argentine Football Association (AFA) announced that in Monday’s friendly against Germany, Messi will not play as a “precaution”. Iniesta had been called up by Vicente del Bosque but the midfielder yesterday communicated with the federation to tell them his knee is not in condition for action.

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Medical: Messi and Munir injured

Medical: Messi and Munir injured

Lionel Messi and Munir El Haddadi have both suffered from injuries during the team’s win against Villarreal CF. The Argentinian pulled an adductor muscle in his right hip, while Munir bruised his right thigh. The injury puts Messi’s involvement with Argentina during the upcoming international break in doubt as precautionary methods will be taken to avoid aggravating the injury. Munir will also undergo tests on Tuesday to determine the full extent of his injury.

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Mascherano: “We still haven’t seen the best of Messi”

Mascherano: “We still haven’t seen the best of Messi”

Fresh off signing a contract extension, Javier Mascherano sat down for a revealing interview in which he discussed the pain of the World Cup final, Luis Enrique’s coaching style, his Argentine teammate Leo Messi, and that black cat at the Elche CF game. Read what he said after the jump.

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Picture of the day: Happy Messi = Happy Culés

Picture of the day: Happy Messi = Happy Culés

Is it too soon to say that Messi is back?

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Messi accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge

Messi accepted the challenge, nominating his best bud Sergio Agüero as well as albiceleste teammate Ezequiel Lavezzi.

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August 16, 2014

‘MESSI’ to be presented in Barcelona


August 13, 2014

Messi: “Our fans deserve it”


August 8, 2014

Messi and Neymar to feature in match for peace


August 6, 2014

Video of the Day: Messi, Masch and Dani train alone


August 5, 2014

Training: Messi, Masch, Ney and Dani back


August 4, 2014

Video of the Day: Messi – Back in Barcelona


August 1, 2014

Messi in Argentina to attend Grondona funeral


July 30, 2014

Legal: Lionel Messi not in the clear


July 24, 2014

Picture of the day: Family Messi


July 23, 2014

José Aurelio Suárez: “Messi is a very normal guy”

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