Paris Saint Germain winger Angel Di Maria was also included but there was no place for striker Gonzalo Higuain, who is on loan at Chelsea from Juventus.
As another season of exhilarating football comes to a close across Europe, here are the top firing guns across contests.
They faced the great Messi, perhaps in the best form of his life, and a 3 goal deficit But yet, they produced one of the most stunning comebacks to beat Barca 4-0 and progress to the final for the second consecutive year.
Argentina vs Venezuela: Captain Lionel Messi's comeback game turns nightmarish for Latin American giants
Superstar Lionel Messi’s return to the Argentina side ended in a shock 3-1 friendly defeat to lowly Venezuela in Madrid on Friday.
The Ethics Committee of Iran's Football Federation has asked to drop all tattooed players from the national team. Here are 9 superstars whose tattoos are as famous as their on-field charisma and skill.
The two most recognizable names in world football, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were eliminated from the FIFA World Cup on Saturday. But the first day of knockout matches still had plenty of star power.
Lionel Messi admitted to having survived the most nerve-wracking 90 minutes of his career as Marcus Rojo's stunning finish four minutes kept his and Argentina's World Cup hopes alive with a 2-1 win over Nigeria to reach the last 16.
The possession football championed by coaches like Pep Guardiola is supposed to produce aesthetically-pleasing goals. Against strong defenses and world-class goalkeepers, sometimes you need to go back to basics.
Inspirational Indian captain Sunil Chhetri scored a brace to put himself on par with Lionel Messi and lead the home side to Intercontinental Cup title triumph with a 2-0 win over Kenya in the summit clash.
Captain Lionel Messi winks at pressmen as Argentina football team arrives in Russia for FIFA World Cup 2018
Superstar Lionel Messi- captained Argentina landed in Russia on Saturday ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2018. They were carried by a Rolling Stones’ private jet.
Just Lionel Messi things: Lesser known facts about the Argentina skipper as he gears up for fourth FIFA World Cup
Four years after narrowly missing out on football's grandest prize, Argentina superstar Lionel Messi returns for what is likely his last shot at lifting the World Cup. Here are some quick "Messiah" facts for the die-hard fans before the Russian fiesta kicks-off.
Every edition of FIFA World Cup witnesses a few of the game's experienced best hanging their boots, at least at the international level. No matter how profound and gifted at club tier, only some get to lift the Cup in their lifetime. Here a few for whom another shot at the tournament looks highly unlikely.
Barcelona kept their record of being unbeaten in the season, although Real Madrid put up a brave fight at the Camp Nou on Sunday. However, the much-anticipated clash of the Spanish titans was a rough-and-tumble one, as eight players receiving yellow cards and the home side's Sergi Roberto being sent-off.
Lionel Messi becomes only the second player to reach the milestone of 100 goals in Europe's premier tournament, following Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, who has 117 goals in 152 games.
Barcelona hailed Lionel Messi as 'The King' and he handed Chelsea the royal punishment by scoring twice to reach 100 Champions League goals and end their quarter-final hopes.