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Name Lionel Messi
Gender Male
Ethnic Argentinian
Job Argentinian Footballer
Desc There is absolutely no denying the fact that ​Lionel Messi is the greatest player of the 21st century. On pure talent alone, no one comes close. To describe him as extraordinary would be a disservice, quite frankly, as we’ve seen him take apart practically every side in Europe single-handedly for Barcelona over the past few years. So why is he only at number three on this list? Argentina. He can’t quite guide his national side to glory, no matter how hard he tries and, until he can break that curse, that will always count against him in the GOAT debate


Org Argentinian National Team
Club as Player Barcelona FC


Father Jorge Messi

2013 11 05 Retrieve

[Lionel Messi on Paul Scholes] At La Masia his name was mentioned a lot. He’s a teacher

2015 08 20 Retrieve

[Barcelona star Lionel Messi on Thierry Henry] The first day that he came into the dressing room, I did not dare to look him in the face. I knew everything that he had done in England

2016 03 09 Retrieve

[on Francesco Totti] A great player! What a phenomenon!

2016 03 26 Retrieve

[Lionel Messi responding to President Obama wishes to meet him] For me it would be a source of great pride to be able to meet him and his daughters, but obviously I know it would be complicated. I don’t know whether it is possible

2016 04 02 Retrieve

[Lionel Messi said he has a good relationship with La Albiceleste legend Diego Maradona despite not speaking to him in years] He has his life, his things and I have mine. We haven’t spoken at all. Considering that we don’t speak to each other, I have a great relationship with him

2016 07 02 Retrieve

[Lionel Messi announced his retirement from the Argentinian national team following his nation’s penalty shoot-out defeat to Chile in Sunday’s Copa America Centenario final] In the dressing room I thought that this is the end for me with the national team, it’s not for me. That’s the way I feel right now, it’s a huge sadness once again and I missed the penalty that was so important. I tried so hard to be [a] champion with Argentina. But it didn’t happen. I couldn’t do it. I think it’s best for everyone, for me and for many people who want it. The choice for me is over, it is a decision

2016 09 09 Retrieve

[Lionel Messi talks about his son] I see that he doesn’t like football that much so I leave it. I’m not the type to buy him footballs or force him. [But] now the club has started something for the children and we’ll see if he gets hooked. He wants to win at everything. I also like to win, so I don’t let him. Even when we climb the stairs and he wins, he makes sure to tell me

2016 09 14 Retrieve

[Quotes on Luis Suarez] He is the best out-and-out forward there is in the game today. He has so much to offer the team and it is a pleasure to play alongside him. We also have a very good relationship off the pitch and I am very happy to be sharing everything with him

2016 09 17 Retrieve

[Lionel Messi on Andres Iniesta in an extract from the new book The Artist: Being Iniesta] On the pitch, I like him to be near me, especially when the game takes a turn for the worse, when things are difficult. That’s when I say to him: ‘Come closer, I want you by my side’. He takes control and responsibility; he leads the team. In the finals, Andrés, Xavi, Busquets and I have always liked to come together to give us a numerical advantage, to control the ball and the game

2016 11 25 Retrieve

[Lionel Messi on Steven Gerrard] Personally, I think Gerrard is England’s greatest ever player. I wish him a happy retirement

2016 11 26 Retrieve

[Lionel Messi claims his team are not reliant on him] I don’t consider talk of Barça being Messi-dependent to be praise or a concern, because it’s not the case. I’m in the best team in the world, [Barça] don’t depend on one player

2017 08 05 Retrieve

[Lionel Messi posts a farewell message to Neymar] It was an enormous pleasure to have shared these years with you Neymar, friend. I wish you a lot of luck in the next stage of your life. See you. Love you a lot

2017 10 14 Retrieve

[Lionel Messi speaking after playing an instrumental part in his country securing a Russia 2018 ticket] Fortunately everything went well and we are into the World Cup. We are calm now after achieving the main goal, that is the most important thing. All this time that we were away from the press and the fans helped us to be closer. It would have been crazy a World Cup without Argentina, this group didn’t deserve it. The team will change, will grow a lot and will come out stronger. It was a relief because we were in a tough spot. We got ourselves into this mess. It was not easy to play here, a lot of things happen from my mind when the 0-1 came, but the group overcame the situation very well and was quick to take the lead. There was some fear of missing the World Cup. We let pass a lot of opportunities and we had to decide our future in this game. We had to qualify, now it’s time to enjoy

2017 12 02 Retrieve

[Lionel Messi tells about his family life] The truth is that being a father is the most beautiful thing that’s happened to me in all my life. We have two children and are waiting for another; the first was an incredible feeling, the second the same and so will be the third

2017 12 16 Retrieve

[Lionel Messi responds to Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli’s statement that football owes Messi a FIFA World Cup] Yes, I did hear it, and he said it to me too. I hope football does end up paying me! [laughs]

2018 01 06 Retrieve

[Lionel Messi talks about his new year’s resolution] I want to be perfect and yet there are some parts of my game I have to improve to reach the maximum level. Which part? Penalties, I have to practice them more

2018 01 20 Retrieve

[Lionel Messi pays tribute to Ronaldinho] As I always said, I learned a lot by your side. I will always be grateful to you for how easy it was that you did everything to me when I got to the dressing room. I was lucky to share many things with you and I am very happy because, in addition to a phenomenon with the ball, you are a very great person and that is the most important thing. Even if you decide to leave, football will never forget your smile. All the best, Ronnie

2018 01 27 Retrieve

[Messi posts a farewell message to Javier Mascherano] Masche, after so many matches and moments together, words are not enough. You know I’m going to miss you, it will be strange to come to the dressing room and not see you sitting by my side. But we are going to the national team soon

2018 03 26 Retrieve

[Messi wrote in his book, The Patriot] When I was a kid I expected to get a call from the AFA [Argentinian Football Association]. I was asked informally if I wanted to play for Spain, but I always said that I wanted to play for my national team because I love Argentina and these are the only colours I want to wear. I was always an avid fan of the national team. I watched the games on television because I could never go to the grounds and watch them as a fan

2018 03 24 Retrieve

[Lionel Messi speaks about the support he has felt as the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia approaches] I have seen in many places in the world that people want this to be a good World Cup for me. The truth is I find this amazing, that in different parts of the world people want Argentina to win, and that people want me to be champion, it’s amazing

2018 12 22 Retrieve

[Lionel Messi reflects on his remarkable career to date] The truth is I had no idea this would happen when I started. I dreamt of playing professional football and enjoying success, I love the game, but I never imagined I would have so much

2019 03 16 Retrieve

[Lionel Messi shared his thoughts on Cristiano Ronaldo. From one Champions League hat-trick record holder to another] What Cristiano and Juventus did on Tuesday was impressive. It was a big surprise. I thought Atletico would be a lot stronger, but Juve were all over them and Cristiano had a magical night

2019 04 01 Retrieve

[Hector Enrique says Messi will never reach Maradona’s level] It is hard, my son is always looking on YouTube and saw a video. He asked me why in Argentina they want to kill me! But I like to keep going. I still want to win something with the national team. I am going to play all the important games. We already reached a World Cup final [in 2014] and this is not that easy.

2019 11 02 Retrieve

[Lionel Messi on former Brazil forward Ronaldo] Ronaldo [Nazario] was a phenomenon. Of all the strikers I ever saw, he was the best. He was impressive

2020 02 05 Retrieve

[Shortly after Abidal’s interview was released, Messi took to Instagram to hit back, along with a picture of Abidal’s quote about the players not working hard] Sincerely, I don’t like to do these things but I think that people have to be responsible for their jobs and own their decisions.

The players (are responsible) for what happens on the pitch and we are the first to admit when we haven’t been good. The heads of the sports department have to take their responsibilities too and above all own the decisions they make

Finally I think that when you talk about players, you have to give names because if not, it makes everyone dirty and gives air to things that are said which are not true

2020 04 26 Retrieve

[In recent years the disappointment has been so bitter that he has retired from international duty before reversing his decision. But if he had the ability to, Messi wouldn’t swap club triumphs for success with the national team] I would’ve loved to be a world champion. But I don’t think I would change anything else in my career to be one. This is what I was given, what God gave me. It is what it is. I couldn’t dream of everything that I experienced after. It was far bigger than anything I could’ve imagined