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Argentina's star-studded team went top of South America's 2014 World Cup qualifying group as Lionel Messi inspired a 4-0 thrashing of Ecuador on Saturday.

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Messi 'the best' after breaking Barcelona's all-time scoring recordupdated: Wed Mar 21 2012 09:04:00

Lionel Messi's became Barcelona's highest goalscorer of all time after his hat-trick against Granada helped the Spanish champions close on La Liga leaders Real Madrid.

SI.com: Sid Lowe: Is Spanish soccer the best in the world? Recent results indicate yesupdated: Wed Mar 14 2012 18:06:00

Lionel Messi scored five goals in a single game last week, becoming the first player in the Champions League ever to do so. Most were impressed; some were not. Against Bayer Leverkusen, they said: So what? It is a familiar argument -- and one that Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in particular have been forced to confront time and time again. Between them, they have racked up astonishing goal scoring figures, breaking records at every turn -- Messi has scored 50 goals already this season, Ronaldo 40 -- but the nagging doubt lingers. Yeah, they say, but against who?

Messi reaches 50 goals in Barca winupdated: Mon Mar 12 2012 11:04:00

Two more goals from Lionel Messi, taking him to 50 goals in all competitions in a remarkable season, saw Barcelona win 2-0 at Racing Santander on Sunday to close the gap on Spanish leaders Real Madrid back to 10 points.

SI.com: Sid Lowe: Ballon d'Or voting perhaps better served by using a secret ballotupdated: Wed Jan 11 2012 08:28:00

They say the Ballon d'Or is democratic but it's not. Not really. A proper democratic vote surely relies on a universal, secret ballot. By contrast, one of the things that makes the Ballon d'Or vote so interesting to pick over is the fact that you can pick over it. The real fun comes after Messi and Xavi have stepped down from the podium and the list of voters and votes is handed out.

SI.com: Jonathan Wilson: Tactical switch tilts clásico in favor of Barcelonaupdated: Sun Dec 11 2011 15:06:00

There are still those, remarkably, who ask whether tactics really matter, still those who persist with the Luddite insistence that the best players will win out come what may. No matter that Lionel Messi never produces his Barcelona form for Argentina or that Dani Alves regularly flounders for Brazil, Barcelona, these flat-earthers keep saying, win because they have the best players.

SI.com: George Dohrmann: Lionel Messi utilizes his technique unlike any other playerupdated: Fri Dec 02 2011 12:38:00

Sports Illustrated will announce its choice for Sportsman of the Year on Dec. 5. Here's one of the nominations for that honor by an SI writer.

Messi inspires Argentina fightback in World Cup qualifierupdated: Wed Nov 16 2011 08:31:00

Lionel Messi inspired Argentina as the two-time world champions came from behind to defeat Colombia 2-1 in a South American World Cup qualifying clash on Tuesday.

Messi hat-trick puts Barcelona into last 16 of Champions Leagueupdated: Tue Nov 01 2011 19:25:00

Lionel Messi scored his second hat-trick in four days as titleholders Barcelona marched into the knockout stage of the European Champions League on a night of milestones for the Spanish club on Tuesday.

Messi hat-trick in Barca rout; Juve beat Inter to stay top in Serie Aupdated: Sat Oct 29 2011 18:18:00

A first-half hat-trick by Lionel Messi helped Barcelona to a 5-0 win over Mallorca at the Nou Camp on Saturday.

Messi double as Barcelona set the pace in Spain updated: Sat Oct 15 2011 16:35:00

Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona beat Racing Santander 3-0 in the Nou Camp Saturday night to stay top of Spain's La Liga.

Messi and Ronaldo net trebles as Barca and Real bounce backupdated: Sat Sep 24 2011 18:35:00

Barcelona and Real Madrid have roared back to form ahead of next week's Champions League challenges, with the Spanish giants recording comfortable victories in La Liga on Saturday.

Football: Messi hat-trick powers Barcaupdated: Sat Sep 17 2011 17:53:00

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick as Barcelona produced a mesmeric display of attacking football to rout Osasuna 8-0 in the Camp Nou Saturday.

Messi takes over as Argentina captain for friendlyupdated: Wed Aug 31 2011 13:43:00

Lionel Messi will captain Argentina for the first time as they take on Venezuela in a friendly in cricket-mad India Friday.

Barca clinch Super Cup as trouble mars El Clasicoupdated: Thu Aug 18 2011 06:56:00

Barcelona beat Real Madrid 3-2 at the Camp Nou on Wednesday to claim the Spanish Super Cup in an ill-tempered El Clasico clash.

Football's fledgling stars: Looking closer to home to find next Messiupdated: Tue Jun 28 2011 12:10:00

Baerke van der Meij may only be 18-months-old but already he is making a name for himself in the fiercely competitive world of soccer.

SI.com: Jonathan Wilson: Individual awards are meaningless in soccerupdated: Wed Jun 01 2011 12:38:00

Last season, Lionel Messi faced Osasuna having scored hat tricks in each of his previous two games. All the buildup was about whether he could become the first player since the War to score three trebles in successive La Liga matches. Osasuna, understandably, double-marked him and, in a tetchy game, Messi was booked for kicking the ball away in frustration. With 18 minutes to go, though, Zlatan Ibrahimovic finally broke through for Barca; the first player over to congratulate him was Messi, his face relaxed into smiles. For him, the most important thing was not his personal record, but the team, winning the game.

Messi hails Barca teammates after Champions League victoryupdated: Sun May 29 2011 10:13:00

Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has hailed the performance of his teammates after the Spanish giants beat Manchester United 3-1 at Wembley on Saturday to lift their third Champions League trophy in six seasons.

SI.com: Grant Wahl: Three quick thoughts on the Champions League finalupdated: Sat May 28 2011 18:33:00

Three thoughts after Barcelona defeated Manchester United 3-1 to win the UEFA Champions League title:

SI.com: Jonathan Wilson: Barcelona outclasses Man United with a performance for the agesupdated: Sat May 28 2011 18:19:00

WEMBLEY, ENGLAND -- Surely now the doubters have been won over: this Barcelona is one of the greatest teams there has ever been. In Pep Guardiola's three seasons in charge Barca has twice won the Champions League, and it was denied a hat trick that would have placed it statistically alongside the Ajax and Bayern Munich sides of the seventies only by the combined might of Jose Mourinho and an Icelandic volcano.

SI.com: Marcela Mora y Araujo: Like Real's Di Stefano, Messi could become synonymous with his clubupdated: Mon May 02 2011 10:58:00

The latest installment of the Super Clásico delivered a widespread sense around the world that amid the tackling, the fouling, the diving and the brawling a splendid exponent of true talent and pure soccer had risen above it all; the enduring image was that of Lionel Messi's two goals, and perhaps more poignantly his second solo slalom executed to perfection.

Messi record as Barcelona reach semisupdated: Tue Apr 12 2011 18:28:00

Barcelona set up a potential Champions League semifinal clash with Spanish rivals Real Madrid after ending the European hopes of Shakhtar Donetsk with a 1-0 victory on Tuesday.

Messi brace keeps Barca on title courseupdated: Sat Apr 09 2011 20:07:00

Barcelona have maintained their eight-point lead at the top of La Liga with a 3-1 victory over bottom-placed Almeria at the Nou Camp.

SI.com: Grant Wahl: U.S. aims to stop Argentina's Messiupdated: Fri Mar 25 2011 14:09:00

The last time the U.S. played Argentina, in 2008, the result was proof that a 0-0 score line could still produce a thrilling soccer game. U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard stood on his head, and a huge crowd in the Meadowlands saw the Americans survive going toe-to-toe with supernova Lionel Messi and his talented Argentine teammates.

Messi returns to haunt Arsenal as Barca triumph; Shakhtar thump Romaupdated: Wed Mar 09 2011 04:30:00

Lionel Messi returned to haunt Arsenal as his two goals helped Barcelona into the quarterfinals of the Champions League after a 3-1 win in Spain.

Late Messi strike gives Barcelona victoryupdated: Wed Mar 02 2011 20:54:00

Lionel Messi scored the only goal of the game with 14 minutes remaining to give Barcelona a 1-0 win at Valencia on Wednesday and send them 10 points clear of Real Madrid at the top of the Spanish League.

Messi treble gives Barcelona cup cruise; Eto'o double for Interupdated: Wed Jan 12 2011 18:58:00

Lionel Messi celebrated his second successive world player of the year award with a hat-trick as Spanish champions Barcelona crushed division two team Real Betis 5-0 in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarterfinal on Wednesday night.

Messi claims World Player of the Year award for second straight yearupdated: Wed Jan 12 2011 10:11:00

Lionel Messi was named World Player of the Year for the second straight year Monday, pipping Barcelona teammates Andres Iniesta and Xavi to the inaugural FIFA Ballon d'Or.

How part-timer is battling Messi for world's best goal of 2010updated: Tue Jan 11 2011 07:57:00

The shortlist of names for FIFA's top goal of 2010 looks like a who's-who of world football's biggest stars.

Messi to miss Barcelona's 2011 openerupdated: Fri Dec 31 2010 10:14:00

Spanish champions Barcelona will kick off 2011 without the services of world player of the year Lionel Messi and key defenders Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique.

SI.com: Grant Wahl: Soccer star restores some credibility to the game; NCAA College Cup predictionsupdated: Thu Dec 09 2010 09:30:00

After bathing in the cesspool of FIFA politics last week, I'll admit it: I wanted to hear a story that restored some credibility to the great global game of soccer. And wouldn't you know it, I found one, courtesy of Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona, an energetic Baltimore foundation and a 17-year-old high school senior from Suwanee, Ga., named Jordyn Farrell.

SI.com: Sid Lowe: Barca's Messi shows he's just as "complete" as Real's Ronaldoupdated: Fri Dec 03 2010 13:41:00

Pep Guardiola blew out his cheeks, exhaling a huge lung full of air, and rolled his eyes. He could barely believe anyone would be stupid enough to think otherwise.

SI.com: Tim Vickery: Messi trumps new-look Brazilupdated: Wed Nov 17 2010 18:36:00

Lionel Messi can chalk off another objective achieved in his young but already extraordinary career. His glorious goal in stoppage time Wednesday gave Argentina a 1-0 victory over Brazil in Doha, Qatar, his first win against the Seleção at the senior level.

Messi strike gives Argentina victory over rivals Brazilupdated: Wed Nov 17 2010 18:19:00

Lionel Messi scored a superb late goal to give Argentina a 1-0 victory over South American rivals Brazil in a prestige friendly international in Qatar on Wednesday.

SI.com: Grant Wahl: Who should win the 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or?updated: Wed Sep 15 2010 18:22:00

Who should win the 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or for the best player of the year in world soccer?

Messi inspired by Maradonaupdated: Fri May 28 2010 13:03:00

Lionel Messi talking exclusively to CNN about Argentina and his expectations from the upcoming World Cup.

Messi reveals close ties with Maradonaupdated: Fri May 28 2010 13:03:00

Lionel Messi's form with Barcelona has been sensational again this season, scoring 34 league goals to help the club retain the Spanish title, but the burning question is whether he can reproduce that on the biggest stage.

SI.com: Sid Lowe: Players of the season in La Ligaupdated: Thu May 20 2010 12:42:00

At the start of the La Liga season, Real Madrid new director general Jorge Valdano described it as a Hollywood blockbuster, and there was little doubt who was going to play the starring roles.

Barcelona retain La Liga title in styleupdated: Sun May 16 2010 17:04:00

Lionel Messi scored his 33rd and 34th goals of the season as Barcelona crushed Valladolid 4-0 to retain their Spanish Primera Liga title by three points from Real Madrid, who were held 1-1 at Malaga on Sunday.

Messi double edges Barca nearer titleupdated: Wed May 05 2010 07:09:00

Lionel Messi netted a double as Barcelona moved ever closer to retaining the Spanish league title with a 4-1 win over Tenerife at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night.

Messi double helps Barcelona bounce back from European exitupdated: Sat May 01 2010 18:39:00

Barcelona made a quick recovery from midweek European heartbreak with a 4-1 victory at Villarreal on Saturday night that put the Spanish champions four points clear of title rivals Real Madrid.

Messi magic secures 'El Clasico' victory for Barcelonaupdated: Sat Apr 10 2010 19:05:00

Barcelona took a giant stride towards retaining their Spanish league title with a 2-0 win over arch-rivals Real Madrid in Saturday's 'El Clasico' at the Santiago Bernabeu to go three points clear at the top of La Liga.

Messi 'makes the impossible possible'updated: Wed Apr 07 2010 07:29:00

He was compared to a computer game machine by the man whose dreams of European glory he destroyed, but Lionel Messi's coach preferred to focus on his human qualities.

Messi hits four for superb Barcelonaupdated: Tue Apr 06 2010 17:37:00

Lionel Messi produced a performance of stunning brilliance, scoring all four goals as holders Barcelona beat Arsenal 4-1 to reach the semifinals of the Champions League 6-3 on aggregate on Tuesday.

Messi 'the best ever' says Barcelona chiefupdated: Mon Mar 22 2010 10:16:00

Lionel Messi has been hailed as the greatest soccer player the world has ever seen following his extraordinary exploits for European champions Barcelona.

SI.com: Gregory Sica: Who will partner Messi in attack for Argentina at WCup?updated: Wed Jan 27 2010 15:40:00

Is the best form of defense a good offense? While Argentina's greatest concern ahead of the 2010 World Cup continues to be its vulnerable defense, head coach Diego Maradona is more than aware that if his team wants to be a force in South Africa, it needs to take full advantage of the abundance of talent it has up front.

Messi hat-trick as Barca stay two points clearupdated: Sun Jan 10 2010 17:45:00

Lionel Messi grabbed a brilliant hat-trick as Barcelona routed Tenerife 5-0 on Sunday to maintain their two-point advantage at the top in the Spain's La Liga over arch rivals Real Madrid.

Terry and Gerrard on Lionel Messiupdated: Tue Dec 22 2009 10:08:00

England stars John Terry and Steven Gerrard speak to CNN after being named in the FIFPro World XI and talk La Liga and Lionel Messi.

Top players praise award-winner Messiupdated: Tue Dec 22 2009 10:08:00

Lionel Messi's coronation as the FIFA World Player of the Year has been praised by his fellow-professionals, as the Argentine playmaker was handed his award at a star-studded gala ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland.

Messi named World Player of Yearupdated: Mon Dec 21 2009 17:24:00

Barcelona star Lionel Messi was named FIFA World Player of the Year in Zurich on Monday, capping a remarkable 2009 for the Argentina star.

Barcelona add world title to trophy haulupdated: Sat Dec 19 2009 18:18:00

Lionel Messi scored an extra-time winner as Barcelona came from behind to beat Estudiantes 2-1 in the Club World Cup final on Saturday to confirm the Spanish and European champions as the top team on the planet.

Messi makes history as Europe's bestupdated: Tue Dec 01 2009 07:26:00

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has been named the best player in Europe, becoming the first Argentine to win the prestigious Ballon d'Or award on Tuesday.

Barca wait on Messi and Ibrahimovicupdated: Tue Nov 24 2009 04:59:00

Barcelona are desperate to call on the services of Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Tuesday's vital Champions League group showdown with Inter Milan in the Camp Nou.

Messi on target as Barcelona ease to victoryupdated: Tue Sep 29 2009 17:54:00

Holders Barcelona recorded their first Champions League win of the season as goals from Lionel Messi and substitute Pedro secured a comfortable 2-0 Group F victory over Dinamo Kiev.

Messi set for bumper new Barcelona dealupdated: Wed Aug 05 2009 16:40:00

European champions Barcelona hope to tie Argentina star Lionel Messi to a lucrative new contract.

SI.com: Gabriele Marcotti: Champions final an epic duel of world's best playersupdated: Wed May 27 2009 11:31:00

One is the kind of athlete you might design in a lab: tall, lean and muscular, with a seemingly inexhaustible arsenal of skills. The other is a throwback, a scrappy little player whose abilities are more difficult to pin down because they border on the metaphysical. At 6'1" and 172 pounds, Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo is soccer's Magic Johnson: a big man with skills usually associated with smaller players. At 5'7" and 148 pounds, Barcelona's Lionel Messi looks more like somebody's kid brother and plays like Pete Maravich, with an otherworldly touch that allows him to do the unthinkable with the ball.

Profile: Lionel Messiupdated: Fri May 22 2009 16:18:00

Lionel Messi is universally recognized as being one of football's greatest current players and the Argentine, who does not turn 22 until June, will have a captive world-wide audience watching his every move when he dons the famous red and blue Barcelona shirt for Wednesday's Champions League final against Manchester United.

Barca star Messi will resist mega offersupdated: Thu Mar 05 2009 12:38:00

Lionel Messi is ready to follow the example of fellow-superstar Kaka and resist any mega-money attempts to prise him away from Spanish giants Barcelona.

Messi double leaves Barca 12 points clearupdated: Sun Feb 01 2009 13:56:00

Argentina star Lionel Messi came off the bench to score twice as nine-man Barcelona recovered to beat Racing Santander 2-1 and move 12 points clear of arch-rivals Real Madrid at the top of the Spanish Primera.

SI.com: Gregory Sica: Messi has helped Barça dominate; now it gets tougherupdated: Wed Jan 14 2009 12:40:00

After a couple of years with nothing to show, FC Barcelona has finally been transformed into the most feared club in Europe. The Catalan giants have been nothing short of extraordinary this season, and if their magnificent form continues, they could be on track for a rare triple.

Messi winner leaves Barca 12 points clearupdated: Sun Jan 11 2009 17:34:00

Lionel Messi grabbed a late winner as Barcelona scored a 3-2 victory at bottom club Osasuna to maintain their runaway charge towards the Spanish Primera title.

Messi cup hat-trick boosts Barca bidupdated: Tue Jan 06 2009 16:50:00

Lionel Messi hit a hat-trick as Barcelona triumphed 3-1 in their Spanish Copa Del Rey last-16 first leg tie at 10-man Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

Messi strikes as Barca go three points clearupdated: Mon Nov 17 2008 03:29:00

Second half goals by Lionel Messi and substitute Seydou Keita saw Barcelona go three points clear in the Spanish Primera Liga after their ninth successive victory.

Villarreal rally to top Spanish standingsupdated: Sun Oct 05 2008 11:49:00

Gonzalo Rodriguez and Joseba Llorente scored second-half goals as Villarreal came from a goal down to beat Real Betis 2-1 in the Spanish Primera on Saturday.

SI.com: Grant Wahl: Five Thoughts from the Olympicsupdated: Sat Aug 23 2008 04:29:00

Five thoughts after Argentina's gold-medal-winning 1-0 win over Nigeria in men's soccer:

Messi stars after Barcelona give all-clearupdated: Thu Aug 07 2008 15:10:00

Lionel Messi starred for Argentina in their opening 2-1 victory over the Ivory Coast at the Olympic Games on Thursday -- after receiving the go-ahead to play from his club side Barcelona.

Argentina coach defiant after Messi rulingupdated: Wed Aug 06 2008 15:56:00

Barcelona and Argentina are in a club versus country battle for the services of Lionel Messi after sport's highest court ruled in favor of the Spanish giants who do not want the striker to play in the Olympic football tournament.

Messi set for Olympics after FIFA rulingupdated: Wed Jul 30 2008 11:33:00

A FIFA ruling on Wednesday has cleared the way for Argentina playmaker Lionel Messi to represent his country at the Beijing Olympics.

Lionel Messi talks to CNNupdated: Tue May 06 2008 07:47:00

CNN's Pedro Pinto talks to FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi about life at the Nou camp.

SI.com: Gavin Hamilton: Yet another injury to talented Messi is alarmingupdated: Tue Mar 11 2008 11:54:00

Lionel Messi left the field in tears during Barcelona's 1-0 win over Celtic in the Champions League last week. His latest injury -- a torn thigh muscle -- was a major blow not only for Barça, which will be without its brightest talent for at least six weeks, but it also raised wider questions about Messi's long-term future.

Injured Messi ruled out for six weeksupdated: Wed Mar 05 2008 11:54:00

Barcelona's Argentina striker Lionel Messi will be out of action for six weeks after tearing a muscle in his left leg during Tuesday night's 1-0 Champions League victory over Celtic.

Messi double earns Barca thrilling winupdated: Wed Feb 20 2008 17:10:00

A Lionel Messi double secured a 3-2 Champions League victory for Barcelona at Celtic to put the Catalan giants in the driving seat for the last-16 return leg at the Nou Camp in a fortnight.

SI.com: Gabriele Marcotti: Players born in 1987 are a special generation indeedupdated: Thu Jan 17 2008 17:15:00

Greatness may not be as random an occurrence as we think. Great players tend to be born in certain parts of the world. And great players tend to evolve thanks to a certain type of coaching.

SI.com: Lionel Messi es el Deportista del Año 2007 de SI Latinoupdated: Tue Dec 11 2007 15:45:00

Todos los jugadores profesionales, salvo los porteros, marcan un gran gol a lo largo de sus carreras. Los grandes delanteros, si tienen suerte, marcarán un gol que pase a la historia. La diferencia entre Leo Messi y los demás es que tiene toda su carrera por delante, pero ya ha marcado tres en 2007 que perdurarán como obras de arte y serán admirados en los museos del fútbol, como hoy admiramos a Leonardo da Vinci, de aquí a quinientos años.

SI.com: Lionel Messi is SI Latino's 2007 Sportsman of the Yearupdated: Tue Dec 11 2007 15:36:00

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SI.com: Sebastian Perez-Ferreiro: Messi is SI Latino '07 Sportsman of the Yearupdated: Fri Dec 07 2007 11:48:00

All professional soccer players, except perhaps for goalkeepers, score at least one great goal during their career. The good strikers, if they're lucky, will score one that goes down in history.

Barca beat Rangers to edge closerupdated: Wed Nov 07 2007 17:30:00

Barcelona edged closer to the last 16 of the Champions League after a comfortable 2-0 Group E victory over Rangers at the Nou Camp -- the Scottish side's first defeat in the competition.

Messi scores again but Real on topupdated: Mon Oct 08 2007 05:56:00

Lionel Messi scored for the sixth game in a row as Barcelona defeated big-spending Atletico Madrid 3-0 to stay in touch with Primera Liga leaders Real Madrid.

Messi takes center stage for Barcaupdated: Fri Sep 28 2007 11:40:00

When Barcelona signed Thierry Henry this summer, immediate questions were asked about how coach Frank Rijkaard could accommodate him in his star-studded forward line.

Messi magic puts Barca in controlupdated: Wed Apr 18 2007 16:57:00

Lionel Messi scored two goals, including a spectacular solo effort, to help FC Barcelona beat Getafe 5-2 Wednesday in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals.

Messi makes Barcelona squad returnupdated: Sat Feb 10 2007 08:57:00

Lionel Messi returned to the Barcelona squad after over three months on the sidelines when coach Frank Rijkaard named the Argentine forward in the 18-strong list for Sunday's match at home to Racing Santander.

Messi needs surgery on broken footupdated: Mon Nov 13 2006 08:06:00

Argentine forward Lionel Messi will need surgery on a foot injury sustained in Sunday's 3-1 Primera Liga win over Real Zaragoza that will sideline him for up to three months.

Messi expects to miss Cup openerupdated: Sat May 27 2006 12:28:00

Forward Lionel Messi, who is recovering from a thigh muscle injury, does not expect to start Argentina's opening World Cup match against Ivory Coast.

Messi in Barcelona squad for Parisupdated: Mon May 15 2006 10:36:00

Argentina forward Lionel Messi has been included in Barcelona's 22-man squad for the Champions League final against Arsenal in Paris despite not playing for more than two months.

Messi targets shock final returnupdated: Tue May 09 2006 05:28:00

Barcelona's teenage sensation Lionel Messi is backing himself to make a surprise appearance in the Champions League final against Arsenal in Paris on May 17.

Lionel Messiupdated: Thu Apr 27 2006 06:25:00

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Messi goes home to boost recoveryupdated: Wed Apr 19 2006 05:12:00

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has flown back to his native Argentina to boost his recovery from a thigh injury that threatens his Champions League dream.

Messi could be out for four weeksupdated: Thu Apr 13 2006 05:59:00

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is likely to miss both legs of the Champions League semifinal against AC Milan because of a torn thigh muscle.

Messi doubtful for game with Milanupdated: Wed Apr 12 2006 06:37:00

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is a serious doubt for next week's Champions League semifinal, first leg against AC Milan after being ruled out of Friday's Primera Liga match against Villarreal.

Messi rested by leaders Barcelonaupdated: Fri Mar 03 2006 12:17:00

Argentina forward Lionel Messi has been left out of Barcelona's squad to face Deportivo Coruna at home in the Primera Liga on Saturday.

Messi injury gives Barca headacheupdated: Mon Feb 06 2006 14:35:00

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi will be sidelined for around 10 days after sustaining a leg muscle strain in Sunday's 3-1 home defeat by Atletico Madrid.

Messi included in Barcelona squadupdated: Mon Sep 12 2005 14:49:00

Argentina's Lionel Messi has been included in the Barcelona squad for their Champions League opener against Werder Bremen.

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