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Happy birthday Messi

Messi as a nine year old boy showing signs of his genius

On the Argentine superstar's 29th birthday we look back two full decades to see a little boy call Lionel Andrés Messi showing amazing skills before he even turned ten
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There are few people in the world that haven't heard of Lionel Andrés Messi. Currently a star for Barcelona and Argentina who has been providing anyone with a joy for the beautiful game utmost pleasure for several years at the very top level. Even those people who support rival teams cannot help but admire what he can do on the field of play. Some have even gone so far as to say he could be the best ever.

Five ballon d'Ors - yeah, he may make something of himself.
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Five ballon d'Ors - yeah, he may make something of himself.MIGUEL RUIZAFP

As he enters the final year of his twenties, we pulled together a little video showing what he was like before he arrived at double-digits. Even then it was clear to those in the game watching on that this could be someone a bit special. Although money and health problems threatened to cut his incredible career at its stem, we have all been fortunate to see it blossom.

Enjoy the video and next time you're walking past some kids playing football ask yourself, "could they be the next Messi?".


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