Messi and Rapinoe expected to take Ballon d'Or honours
The biggest names in world football will descend on Paris on Monday for the 2019 Ballon d'Or ceremony, with Lionel Messi and USA women's World Cup superstar Megan Rapinoe tipped to leave with the honours. It would be an enormous shock if Rapinoe did not depart the Chatelet Theatre with the women's prize as she returns to the country where she was the driving force on and off the field for the United States as they retained their title.
© Getty Images Lionel Messi celebrates against Real Mallorca
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has revealed that while the club is looking for ways to imagine life without Lionel Messi , but no one player can "His performance is excellent and he always plays better I do not know how to do it: when he will not play with us anymore, it will be impossible to
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu addressed the long-term futures of Lionel Messi and Ernesto Valverde.
Barcelona will find it impossible to replace Lionel Messi, according to club president Josep Maria Bartomeu, who added Pep Guardiola would always be welcome back at Camp Nou.
Messi followed up winning a record sixth Ballon d'Or by recording his 35th LaLiga hat-trick in Barca's 5-2 win over Real Mallorca on Saturday.
Despite spending big on Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong in the most recent transfer window, Barca are still heavily reliant on the 32-year-old, who has scored 14 goals from 15 appearances in all competitions this term.
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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has told ESPN FC in an exclusive interview that he wants Lionel Messi to remain linked to the club forever. He has already scored 42 goals in all competitions this season and Bartomeu is already thinking about what would be his 10th , and potentially last
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu believes Lionel Messi will remain a one-club man. " Impossible !" The blunt response of Bartomeu , when asked directly if he could foresee Barcelona ever letting go of their most prized asset, Lionel Messi .
Pictures: Lionel Messi's greatest achievements so far
Over 600 career goals, 10 La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League trophies, six Ballon d'Or awards – Lionel Messi's list of accomplishments seem never-ending. Here's a look at some of the Argentine's spectacular accolades so far.
All statistics correct as of Dec. 3, 2019.
First to score in 15 consecutive Champions League seasons
As he scored the opening goal against Slavia Prague on Oct. 23, 2019, Messi became the first player to score in 15 consecutive seasons at the Champions League.
All-time La Liga top scorer
Messi has scored 428 goals from 461 appearances. Ex-Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is second, with 311 from 292 games.
Barcelona star Messi claims record sixth Ballon d'Or ahead of Van Dijk, Ronaldo
The Argentine forward has picked up yet another individual accolade after a stellar personal year, winning the prize for the first time since 2015The Argentine moved one clear of Ronaldo after the pair had been locked on five awards each as he reclaimed the title he last won in 2015, with the Portuguese claiming the two subsequent gongs and Luka Modric surprisingly picking up the accolade last year to end the 10-year dominance of the two footballing icons.
Bartomeu : Messi will be with Barcelona for a while. "He said that we'll talk when the seasons go by. It'll be over when he wants to. "For his quality and for being a reference [for The president then emphasised that Barcelona should be able to enjoy Messi for a few years yet, while also making note
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said the LaLiga champions are planning to offer superstar Lionel Messi a new contract. Messi re-signed with Barca in 2017 – an extension that runs through to 2021 – and the five-time Ballon d'Or winner has not slowed down this season.
Barcelona’s all-time top scorer
Undoubtedly one of the club's most iconic figures of all time, Messi has scored 614 goals from 701 appearances.
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First to score in 15 consecutive La Liga seasons
On Aug. 18, 2018, his goal against Deportivo Alavés made him the first player to score in 15 consecutive Spanish league seasons. This was also F.C. Barcelona’s 6,000th goal. The club's 5,000th goal, scored in 2009, was also scored by Messi.
Over 50 hat-tricks
On Feb. 23, 2019, he scored his 50th career hat-trick during a match against Sevilla. His third goal also marked his 650th career strike – 585 for Barcelona and 65 for his national team, Argentina. Presently, he has 52 hat-tricks to his name.
Most La Liga wins
On April 6, thanks to his goal against Atlético Madrid, Messi edged out former Spanish skipper Iker Casillas on the tables with 335 La Liga victories – the highest number of wins in the Spanish league.
'He is the best player in history, and you know it!': Cristiano Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes passionately defends Juventus star following Ballon d'Or defeat by Lionel Messi
Cristiano Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes insists the Portuguese star is the 'best player in history' as he passionately defended him in the wake of his Ballon d'Or defeat to rival Lionel Messi. Ronaldo, who came third overall in voting behind Messi and Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk, snubbed the Paris ceremony on a night where the Barcelona star won a record-breaking sixth title to go ahead of Ronaldo in the overall standings.
Frenkie de Jong (left) will officially join Barcelona in the summer after agreeing a five-year contract. Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says the club's transfer activity is an indication they are preparing for life after Lionel Messi . "My mandate will be finished in two seasons.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has said that none of the club's deadly attacking trio will be leaving this summer, saying that the When asked whether any of them could leave, Bartomeu told French radio station RMC: "No, I think it's impossible , All our players are very happy with our
Most goals in a La Liga season
The Barcelona icon scored 50 goals from 37 appearances in 2011/12. He almost repeated the feat the following season, scoring 46 times in only 32 games. Ronaldo came closer still during the 2014/15 season, scoring 48 times in 35 games.
Most goals scored in a calendar year
Messi's insatiable hunger for goals saw him score 91 in 2012 - 79 for Barcelona and 12 for Argentina. The Guinness World Record holder for most goals in a calendar year, he also holds the record for most goals scored in a domestic season - 73 (2011-12).
Most Ballon d’Or wins
The diminutive Argentine has six (2009, '10, '11, '12 , '15 and '19) wins to his name. With his latest win, Messi has established a lead over Cristiano Ronaldo, who won his fifth in December 2017.
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Most European Golden Shoes
Being the top league scorer, Messi has a record six European Golden Shoes to his name.
Socceroos draw Messi's Argentina in Copa
Australia have been drawn in Group A for their historic maiden Copa America appearance, where they'll take on co-hosts Argentina and superstar Lionel Messi.Graham Arnold's men were drawn in Group A for the South American continental championship, which starts on June 12.
Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu has said that Messi should be rewarded for ' being the worlds best player'Credit: EPA. Bartomeu said : "Leo Messi is the best (player) in the history of football and we want him to stay with us. "There will be negotiations but even if I don't want to talk
Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu believes the talisman who destroyed Liverpool has more to give. It will be replaced by a new arena for the club’s basketball, handball, roller hockey and Bartomeu allays some of those fears, others less so. ‘ Barcelona has already openly said that we are
(Pictured) With wife Antonella Roccuzzo and sons Thiago and Mateo at the 2019 European Golden Shoe ceremony.
Fastest to 100 UEFA Champions League goals
Messi, who made his debut in the competition in 2004, against Ukraine's F.C. Shakhtar Donetsk, reached the landmark in 123 games.
Messi and Ronaldo, are the only players to have scored a century of goals in Europe's most prestigious club competition. However, the Portuguese took 144 games to reach the same mark.
Youngest to 250 La Liga goals
The Barcelona superstar was 27 when he reached the landmark. It came during a routine 3-0 league win over S.D. Eibar on Oct. 18, 2014. The record was previously held by Athletic Bilbao legend Telmo Zarra, who was 34 when he scored his 250th goal.
Only player to score in 23 cities
Messi has scored Champions League goals in Portugal, England, Scotland, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Russia, Greece, Belarus, Cyprus and, of course, Spain. That adds up to an impressive 23 goals across 16 cities.
La Liga's top scorer (active)
Messi is a six-time winner of the Trofeo Pichichi ('09-10, '11-'12, '12-'13, '16-'17, '17-'18, '18-19), which was named after legendary Athletic Bilbao striker Rafael "Pichichi" Moreno. The award is given by leading Spanish sports newspaper Marca and has been given to the top scorer in the league every year since 1952-53.
Socceroos draw Messi's Argentina in Copa
Australia have been drawn in Group A for their historic maiden Copa America appearance, where they'll take on co-hosts Argentina and superstar Lionel Messi.Wednesday's draw in Colombia for the South American continental championship put Australia into Group A alongside the two-time World Cup champions as well as Chile, Paraguay, Bolivia and old rivals Uruguay.
Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu believes Lionel Messi will sign another Barcelona contract, but says the club are planning for a future without him. One player who will be lining up for Barca next season is the Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong, with the Netherlands international adding to Ernesto
BARCELONA star Lionel Messi is reportedly ready to leave at the end of the season in news that will have the European elite on red alert. And, in another major blow to Barcelona , he is said to have told the club that if a contract extension is still unsigned by January, he will be off.
Messi shares his record with Telmo Zarra.
Most La Liga hat-tricks in a season
Even by his own standards, Messi was phenomenal in the 2011-12 season, scoring eight hat-tricks. In 2014-15, Ronaldo equaled this mark.
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Most goals scored in El Clásico
Always an incendiary fixture, games between sworn rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid acquired an extra edge when Messi faced Ronaldo. The Argentine, however, is comfortably the top scorer with 26 goals to Ronaldo's second-best of 18 .
Argentina's all-time top scorer
Despite not enjoying the same level of success at the international level, Messi's goal record is impressive - 70 from 138 appearances. He made his national team debut on Aug. 17, 2005, in a friendly against Hungary that the South Americans won 2-1.
Youngest Argentine to score in a World Cup
Messi was 18 years, 11 months and 23 days old when he scored at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The goal, also his first for the national team, came in a group stage match against Serbia-Montenegro, which Argentina won 6-0. The South Americans advanced as group winners but were eliminated from the tournament at the quarter final stage by hosts Germany; they were beaten in a penalty shoot-out.
Youngest to make 100 appearances in Champions League
Messi was 28 years and 84 days old when he made his 100th appearance in the competition. The occasion was a group stage match against Italian side A.S. Roma, at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy, on Sept. 16, 2015. The match finished 1-1.
Messi’s mum surprised by Ballon d’Or award: We thought the fifth would be his last
Celia Cuccittini, the mother of the Barcelona ace, has said she is "surprised" by the heights that the Argentina international continues to hit The Barcelona ace, however, beat Liverpool duo Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane to the coveted individual prize on Monday, setting a new record for winning the trophy ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, who remains on five.
The Argentina international spent two months on the sidelines earlier this season because of a knee injury.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is desperate for talisman Lionel Messi to sign another "I would like Messi to sign one more contract [extension]," he said . "He still has a long way to go The Barcelona president admits that football will be different without the greatest player many have ever
First to score 10+ goals in 13 consecutive La Liga seasons
Messi curled in two superb free kicks in a local derby against R.C.D. Espanyol at the RCDE Stadium in Barcelona, Spain, on Dec. 9, 2018. In doing so, he became the first player in the history of the league to score a minimum of 10 goals, every year, for 13 straight seasons.
20+ goals in 10 consecutive seasons
Messi has scored a minimum of 20 league goals, every season, starting from 2008-09. His lowest return for a league season was in the first year of this run, when he scored 23 goals from 34 games. He has enjoyed 40+ goal-seasons thrice in this time.
First to score against every team consecutively in a league
On scoring at the Balaídos Stadium in Vigo, Spain, during a 2-2 draw against Celta Vigo, Messi completed a remarkable scoring run during the 2012-13 season – he scored against every team in La Liga that year.
Longest scoring run in La Liga
Messi scored 33 goals from 21 appearances during the '12-13 season. He scored a total of 46 goals from 32 games that season. However, his record of 21 games was halted by Atlético Madrid on May 12, 2013.
World's highest-paid athlete
The soccer superstar topped Forbes' annual list in 2019, with earnings of $127 million.
Bartomeu has acknowledged Barca will find it extremely difficult to replace Messi whenever the forward calls time on his stay at the club, but outlined their intention to continue developing young talent from the famed La Masia academy.
"We Barca fans have the good fortune to enjoy Messi every three days," Bartomeu, who plans to offer Messi a "lifetime contract" told Italian publication La Repubblica.
"Leo is impossible to replace and when he will be here no more, we will be forced to play differently. I cannot say that we are already preparing for post-Messi, but it is true that we have already decided to bet on young players for a long time.
"For now, what we have to do is not worry, but enjoy it. I would like to make him an annuity contract as we have already done with [Andres] Iniesta. He has earned the right to decide when to say enough is enough.
"As a footballer, Messi is number one and we will fully understand it only in a few years, because Leo has changed not only the history of Barca, but that of world football."
Bartomeu also confirmed Guardiola - who left Barca in 2012 after four trophy-laden seasons in charge before going on to coach Bayern Munich and now Manchester City, will always have a home at Barca, should he wish to return.
"A possible return of Guardiola? It doesn't depend on me," he added.
"It was Pep who decided to leave, but for him the doors of Barca are always open."
'Messi getting rest, nothing more' - Valverde clarifies Argentine's Inter absence ahead of crucial Clasico .
Barcelona will be without the forward for their Champions League clash, with a clash against Real Madrid loomingMessi has been rested by Ernesto Valverde for Tuesday's game at San Siro, with Barca enjoying the luxury of having already qualified for the last 16 as Group F winners.