THE BEAUTIFUL GAME - LIONEL MESSI, BARCELONA

Lionel Messi scores 500th goal!

LIONEL MESSI, BARCELONA, SPAIN

LEO MESSI

Lionel Messi scored twice to take his career league tally to 301 goals as Barcelona beat Sporting Gijón 3-1 to move six points clear at the top of the Spanish La Liga!

To date this sesson, Leo Messi has scored 15 goals in 20 games with 7 assists in the 2015 – 2016 Spanish Primera División.

Lionel won his first first La Liga Championship in the 2004-05 season. Since then he has won every major club trophy with Barca at Camp Nou,  including an amazing haul of six in 2008-09. Playing a more prominent role with Barca every season,  Messi won the World Player of the Year (FIFA Ballon d'Or) award four times in four years.

There is no doubt that Messi is one of the most talented footballers that have ever played the beautiful game and is the heir apparent to Diego Maradona.

"Messi is my Maradona," said Maradona.

Born in Rosario, Messi and his parents moved to Spain for health reasons when Messi signed on with Barca after his first trial. The Catalan coaches signed Messi and soon he became considered one of the great footballers at the titan club.

Messi made his first division Spanish La Liga debut in October 2004 against Espanyol.

Barcelona are six points clear at the summit of the Spanish La Liga Table following a 3-1 win at struggling Sporting Gijón.

Lionel Messi put Barcelona in front after 25 minutes, his historic 300th league goal in only 334 appearances. Leo’s first goal was scored more than a decade ago on 1 May 2005.

Messi struck again - No 301 - just after the half-hour.

Luis Enrique's Barca side who remain unbeaten in a club-record 31 games in all competitions, travel to battle Arsenal in north London in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie next Tuesday.

Lionel Messi Stats

Born: June 24, 1987 (age 28), Rosario, Argentina
Height:  5′ 7″
Nationality: Argentine
Position: Forward
Squad No: #10
Teams: FC Barcelona, Argentine National Team
League:  Spanish La Liga

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Talent, elegance, hard work, rigour and precision are some of Lionel Messi’s traits.

“Money is not a motivating factor. Money doesn't thrill me or make me play better because there are benefits to being wealthy. I'm just happy with a ball at my feet. My motivation comes from playing the game I love. If I wasn't paid to be a professional footballer I would willingly play for nothing.

I prefer to win titles with the team ahead of individual awards or scoring more goals than anyone else. I'm more worried about being a good person than being the best football player in the world. When all this is over, what are you left with? When I retire, I hope I am remembered for being a decent guy.

"You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it." __Lionel Messi

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