# Lionel Messi

Last month
February 2023
# recognition
Messi beats Mbappe to Fifa Best prize, Putellas claims women's award
The award is voted for by national team coaches and captains, journalists, and also fans
# Take a Bow
Messi snatches extraordinary win, Neymar stretchered off
Paris Saint-Germain secured a dramatic 4-3 victory over Lille today.
# Unhappy
Bayern Munich star Neuer under fire after tell-all interview
Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said on Sunday he was ‘disappointed’ with injured captain.
This year
# Riyadh
Ronaldo punched but scores twice in Saudi reunion with Messi
For Qatar-owned PSG, Messi and Kylian Mbappe both scored and Neymar missed a penalty
# action
FIFA investigate Argentina's "offensive behaviour" at World Cup final
Emiliano Martinez made a lewd gesture with his goalkeeper of the tournament trophy, before being filmed mocking French star Kylian Mbappe.
# Wrap
Messi scores for PSG on first appearance since World Cup, Real Madrid reach Super Cup final
PSG’s win saw the Parisian side move six points clear at the top of the French table.
# on the continent
Messi rested for PSG cup tie, Bayern Munich sign Daley Blind
Argentina’s World Cup star restarted training in France on Wednesday.
Last year
# Looking Back
Biggest disappointment? Standout Irish athlete? We review 2022
The42′s writers reflect on a memorable 12 months.
# Staying Put
Messi set for new PSG deal as he bids for Champions League glory
Reports suggest the World Cup winner is now open to staying in the French capital for a further season.
# Goat
Pep Guardiola hails Messi as greatest footballer ever
City manager describes World Cup win as ‘final achievement of an incredible career’ for Messi.
# Analysis
Thrilling World Cup highlights the biggest difference between club and international football
The many surprise results in Qatar 2022 are in stark contrast to the consistently predictable outcomes elsewhere.
# Podcast
Football Family: Aftermath to the greatest of finals
Gavin Cooney describes the scene in the joyful moments after the final whistle.
# talking point
The bittersweet feeling of watching Lionel Messi
The 35-year-old fulfilled a lifelong ambition by winning the World Cup on Sunday, but some will have felt conflicted when observing the star in action.
Scaloni savours 'insane' final as he promises to 'save a spot' for Messi at 2026 World Cup
The Argentina head coach has not given up on his captain featuring in four years’ time.
# thrilling
A moment in football history that delivered the emotions that make life worth living
This was a World Cup final that will go down in lore, the nature of Argentina’s triumph only adding to allure of Lionel Messi’s legacy.
# Superstar
Lionel Messi says he will continue Argentina career
The Paris Saint-Germain forward scored two goals in the stunning and chaotic final.
# Disappointment
France coach Deschamps rues 'cruel' World Cup final defeat
Kylian Mbappe scored twice in two minutes late on in Doha as France almost earned an improbable win.
# record books
Kylian Mbappe wins World Cup Golden Boot after historic final hat-trick
The individual awards were confirmed by Fifa’s Technical Study Group (TSG).
# Stars
Do you agree with our team of the World Cup?
Antoine Griezmann and others who made the cut.
# Unpopular
'Everyone wanted us to lose,' claims Argentina goalkeeper
Emiliano Martinez has backed his country’s ‘fighters’.
# Analysis
Cooney on Soccer: How Lionel Scaloni salvaged Messi's dream
Our latest members newsletter looks at how Argentina have turned their World Cup around.
# main man
Lionel Messi revels in 'crazy' Argentina success
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner set his team on their way to the World Cup final.
# flaw
Croatia boss laments lack of goalscorer at World Cup
Zlatko Dalic spoke about his team’s shortcomings after the 2018 runners-up were beaten 3-0 by Argentina.
Argentina v Croatia, World Cup semi-final
Argentina faced Croatia, as Lionel Messi and Luka Modric were among those vying for a spot in the final.
# Unhappy
Lionel Messi slams referee after Argentina win
Antonio Mateu Lahoz has come under fire for his handling of the World Cup quarter-final.
# Showstopper
Cooney on soccer: The majesty of Lionel Messi
Our correspondent finally gets to witness the extraordinary player and the fervour he inspires.
# Evolution
Messi's mixed night a good sign for Argentina in win over dismal Poland
Messi missed a penalty but his side topped their World Cup group with a 2-0 win.
# Messi Magic
'Weight off our shoulders,' says Messi as Argentina boss calls for calm
Lionel Scaloni: ‘You have to have some common sense, it’s just a football match.’
# messi win
Messi magic helps keep Argentina's World Cup hopes alive
Messi’s goal meant he tied fellow Argentine icon, the late Diego Maradona, on eight goals and 21 appearances at the World Cup for Argentina.
# 2022 World Cup
Messi and Ronaldo's silent World Cup swansong is a sad end for two icons
No matter what either of the game’s greats achieve in Qatar, their football will no longer do the talking.
# preparation
Lionel Messi scores 91st goal as Argentina go 36 games unbeaten
The South American side were too good for the United Arab Emirates.
# Wrap
Messi stars as PSG hit 7, Man City kept scoreless on Haaland's return
A draw with Pep Guardiola’s side was enough to see Dortmund progress to the knockout stages.
# Big Money
Kylian Mbappe tops highest-paid footballer list at €131 million
The player signed a three-year contract extension in May to remain with dominant Ligue 1 side Paris-Saint Germain.
# don't cry for me
Qatar World Cup will 'surely' be my last - Messi
Messi is due to appear in his fifth World Cup.
# Going Well
Messi scores twice as Argentina extend impressive unbeaten run
Argentina, who haven’t lost in 34 matches, were 3-0 winners over Honduras.
# Trés Bien
Messi scores PSG winner after five minutes to regain top spot in Ligue 1
Neymar set up the Argentinian with his seventh assist in eight Ligue 1 games.
# Fast Show
Mbappe matches Ligue 1 record with goal after just eight seconds
Mbappe scored a hat-trick as Paris Saint-Germain beat Lille 7-1.
# Snub
7-time winner Lionel Messi misses out on 30-strong list for Ballon d'Or
Meanwhile, Manchester United’s Ronaldo is nominated again this year.
# Class Act
Lionel Messi turns on the style as PSG begin Ligue 1 title defence
Christophe Galtier’s first league game at the helm was achieved without Kylian Mbappe.
# Unfinished Business
Barcelona have 'a moral debt' to Lionel Messi
Joan Laporta hopes the star will end his career at the club.