on 9 January 2017 Messi also finished in second place – behind Cristiano Ronaldo once again – in the 2016 Best FIFA Men’s Player Award. On 11 January, Messi scored from a free-kick in Barcelona’s 3–1 victory against Athletic Bilbao in the second leg of the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey, which enabled Barcelona to advance to the quarter-finals of the competition; with his 26th goal from a free-kick for Barcelona in all competitions, he equalled the club’s all-time record, which had previously been set by Ronald Koeman. In his next league match, on 14 January, Messi scored in a 5–0 win against Las Palmas; with this goal, he equalled Raúl’s record for the most number of teams scored against in La Liga (35). On 4 February, Messi scored his 27th free-kick for Barcelona in a 3–0 home win over Athletic Bilbao in the league, overtaking Koeman as the club’s all-time top-scorer from free-kicks.On 23 April, Messi scored twice in a 3–2 away win over Real Madrid. His game-winning goal in stoppage time was his 500th for Barcelona.



Full name Lionel Andrés Messi
Date of birth 24 June 1987 (age 31)
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Barcelona
Jersey Number 10
Youth career
1994–2000 Newell’s Old Boys
2001–2004 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years
2003–2004 Barcelona C 10 (5)
2004–2005 Barcelona B 22 (6)
2004– Barcelona 382 (349)
National team
2004–2005 Argentina U20 18 (14)
2008 Argentina U23 5 (2)
2005– Argentina 117 (58

Lionel Messi

current season

Lionel Messi – Current Season Statistics
League Team Games Goals Assists YC RC
Copa del Rey Barcelona 6 4 2 2 0
Florida Cup Barcelona 0 0 0 0 0
International Champions Cup Barcelona 0 0 0 0 0
Joan Gamper Trophy Barcelona 1 2 1 0 0
Spain – La Liga Barcelona 34 37 9 6 0
Spain – Super Cup Barcelona 2 1 2 0 0
UEFA Champions League Barcelona 9 11 2 0 0
player rating
Club Loyalty
10.0
Creativity
8.5
Diving
5.5
Dribbling/Ball Control
9.5
Durability
7.5
Fear Factor
9.5
Heading
8.0
Killer Instinct
9.0
Shooting
9.5
Speed
8.5




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