Lionel Andrés Messi : The G.O.A.T Turns 34 !

Introduction

Sir Arsene Wenger said this words after the 4 goal display against Arsenal: –

“Messi is the best player in the world by some distance. He’s like a PlayStation. He can take advantage of every mistake we made”.

A 6 year old boy from Rosario kept his lane in  becoming one of the greatest in the world. He gave some special moments to the world and gave nightmares for the defenders for years now.  

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Today on this special occasion we are going to give u a big summary on Leo’s career. So HERE WE GO: –

How did he joined a club like Barcelona…!?

“When you saw him you would think: this kid can’t play ball. He’s a dwarf, he’s too fragile too small but immediately you’d realize that he was born different, that he was a phenomenon, and that he was going to be something impressive.”

This were the words by Newell’s old boys youth coach Adrian Coria for a 12 year old Messi in the year 1999.

Even when he was a 12-year-old he was absolutely the beast. At least for a 12-year-old. He scored Almost 500 goals in 6 years. A 6-year-old with a growth hormone disease. Whose treatment would cost his dad $1000 per month? Whether his dad had insurance they could only cover for 2 years. The club agreed to help his father but they didn’t stick to their promise.

He was scouted by some of the Argentinean clubs but the most popular club is the River Plate Club of Buenos Aires. He idolized their playmaker Pablo Aimar. But because of Argentina’s economic collapse, the club refused to pay or at least help them with the treatment.

Messi childhood

Messi had some of his relatives which managed to get him a trial at FC Barcelona. After getting to know his skill and what he could do with the ball, some of the board directors were convinced to sign him. But it took time for the other board of directors to sign him. Eventually, on the 14th of December, one of the board of directors offered him a contract. But with no paper on hand, he wrote his contract on a paper napkin, which included financial support to his family for his treatment.

He was so shy and quiet that many of his teammates thought that he is mute. After a year in La Masia, he was promoted to RFEF (Royal Spanish football federation). Playing in all the competitions where he befriended some of his teammates Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique.

After a full season (2002-2003), he was the top scorer scoring 36 goals in just 30 appearances. Who won a treble that seasons both Spanish and Catalan clubs. After having a great season he was offered a contract by Arsenal. While Pique and Fabregas left for England he decided to remain in Barcelona.

Club career

At that time French winger Ludovic Giuly explained how Leo caught attention of Frank Rijkaard: –

“He destroyed us all… They were kicking him all over the place to avoid being ridiculed by this kid, he just got up and kept on playing. He would dribble past four players and score a goal. Even the team’s starting center-backs were nervous. He was an alien.”

At 16 years of age, he made his team debut against Jose Mourinho’s Porto. Creating two chances and a shot on target, which impressed the technical squad of the first team.

But for a year, he played for the youth team of Barcelona. He helped the third team getting into the relegation zone scoring 5 goals in 10 games which includes a hattrick against Sergio Ramos’ Sevilla. At the age of 17, many senior players asked Rijkaard to promote him. As Ronaldinho was playing in the left wing he was given right-wing. Allowing him to cut at the center and then shooting from his left foot.!

He was the youngest player to represent Barcelona only at the age of 17 years and 3 months. He scored his first-ever goal on May 1st, 2005 against Albacete, making him the youngest player to score in an official game representing Barcelona from an assist by Ronaldinho. Barcelona won the league title in the second season with Frank Rijkaard after 6 years.

On this day in 2005, he signed his first contract for the senior team making him a Barcelona player till 2010. At that time his buyout clause was set at £150 million. His breakthrough came after two months in John Gamper’s trophy he gave an awesome performance against Fabio Capello’s Juventus getting a standing ovation at Camp Nou.

His performance was so good that Inter Milan was ready to pay his buyout clause which was set at £150 million and triple his salary. It was the only time when the club was tensed about losing Messi but then he decided to stay. After 3 months his contract was updated allowing him to be a Barcelona player till 2014. After he got his Spanish citizenship he was eligible to play.

Wearing 19 no. Jersey alongside Ronaldinho on the left and Eto’o at the center. He was in the starting lineup for major games like his first-ever El Clasico on the 19th of November and also an away win against Chelsea in the round of 16 of the Champions League.

His season ended at the return match of Barcelona against Chelsea after getting an injury of a torn hamstring. Messi gave his best to be fit till the final but he eventually was ruled out. Messi established himself becoming one of the best players in the world at the age of 19.!

On 10th March 2007, he scored his first-ever hattrick against REAL MADRID but eventually the game ended with 3-3 tie-in injury time. He was getting compared to The eternal Diego Maradona nearly replicating his two goals in the time span of 6 months. ‘The Goal of Century’ scored by Maradona at the 1986 world cup. Messi scored such a goal in the semi-final of Copa del Rey against Getafe on the 18th of April. Collecting the ball from the right side of center line and then running for 60 meters(66 yards) with ball humiliating 5 defenders and then scoring the goal as Maradona did.

A league match against Espanyol on 9 June saw him score by launching himself at the ball and guiding it past the goalkeeper with his hand in a similar fashion to Maradona’s Hand of God goal in the same World Cup match. After Ronaldinho lost his form he was the star player of Barcelona only at the age of 20. Receiving “Messiah” title by Spanish media.

Journalists voted him as the 3rd best player behind Kaká and runner-up Cristiano Ronaldo. While managers and international captains voted him 2nd for Fifa world player of the year behind kaká.  The second half of the season was again marred by injuries suffering from torn hamstring which kept him out of the ground for 3 months.

Barcelona finished that season trophy less getting knocked out in the semi-finals eventually the winners of the champions league Manchester United. Coming 3rd in the league.

Messi winning UCL

Messi won a treble in the season 2008-2009.

That season Ronaldinho and Rijkaard both left the club and Messi got the number 10 jersey. Signing a new contract in July, making him clubs highest payed player earning £7.8million a year.

To combat his frequent injuries, Barcelona implemented new training, new nutrition, new lifestyle regiments and assigned him a personal physiotherapist traveling with him even for the national team. Which helped him reaching his full potential and having an injury-free season for 4 years!

After Rijkaard, the club president John Laport filled the managerial position with nonother than Pep Guardiola. Under pep, he used to play as a false winger with the freedom to cut inside and room in the center. During the Clasico on 2nd May 2008, he played as a false nine at center forward but dropping deep into midfield to link up with Xavi and Andrés Iniesta. He assisted his side’s first goal and scored twice to end the match in an emphatic 6–2 victory, the team’s greatest-ever score at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.

With 23 league goals from Messi that season, Barcelona became La Liga champions three days later and achieved its fifth double. As the season’s Champions League top scorer with nine goals, the youngest in the tournament’s history.

He returned as a false nine during the final on 27 May in Rome against Manchester United. Barcelona has crowned champions of Europe by winning the match 2–0, the second goal coming from a Messi header over goalkeeper Edwin van der Saar. Barcelona thus achieved the first treble in the history of Spanish football. This success was reflected in a new contract, signed on 18 September, which committed Messi to the club through 2016 with a new buyout clause of €250 million, while his salary increased to €12 million.

Record BROKEN By Messi !

  • First La Liga treble.!
  • First Ballon D’or and the FIFA world player of the year (2009-10)
  • His 1st Golden Shoe with 34 league goals and 8 goals in the champions league  
  • 16 consecutive win for the club
  • Winning second consecutive Ballon D’or and FIFA World Player of the year.
  • Won 3rd consecutive LaLiga title Messi being the top assist  provider and goalscorer
  • Becoming the first-ever person of Spanish football to reach 50 goal benchmark
  • Overtaking Raul and becoming the top scorer of Spanish and European Super Cups.
  • Scored twice in the FIFA club world cup final earning a golden ball as he has done previously in two years.
  • He again received Ballon D’or consecutive for 3rd season
  • Becoming the 4th ever person to win 3 Ballon D’or after Johan Cruyff, Michel Platini, and Marco van Basten.
messi 2012

2012 year of Messi.!

  •  Top scorer by 14 goals in champions league tying José Altafini’s record from the 1962–63 season, as well as becoming only the second player after Gerd Müller to be top scorer in four campaigns.
  • Messi became the top goal scorer in Barcelona’s history at 24 years old, overtaking the 57-year record of César Rodríguez’s 232 goals with a hat-trick against Granada.
  • Finished the season as league top scorer in Spain and Europe for a second time, with 50 goals, a La Liga record, while his 73 goals in all competitions surpassed Gerd Müller’s 67 goals in the 1972–73 Bundesliga season, making him the single-season top scorer in the history of European club football.
  • Messi surpassed César Rodríguez’s record of 190 league goals, becoming Barcelona’s all-time top scorer in La Liga, and Gerd Müller’s record of most goals scored in a calendar year, overtaking his 85 goals scored in 1972 for Bayern Munich and West Germany.[143] Messi sent Müller a number 10 Barcelona shirt, signed “with respect and admiration”, after breaking his 40-year record.[144] At the close of the year, Messi had scored a record 91 goals in all competitions for Barcelona and Argentina.
  • Messi received the Guinness World Records title for most goals scored in a calendar year(91 goals).
  • Messi again won the FIFA Ballon d’Or, becoming the only player in history to win the Ballon d’Or four times.(2009-10,2010-11,2011-12,2012-13)
  • Messi’s input into the team’s attack had increased; from 24% in their treble-winning campaign, his goal contribution rose to more than 40% that season.
  • Messi becom the first player to score consecutively against all 19 opposition teams in La Liga.
  • With 60 goals in all competitions, including 46 goals in La Liga, he finished the campaign as league top scorer in Spain and Europe for the second consecutive year.
  • Messi became The first player in history to win the European Golden Shoe three times.
  • A hat-trick on 16 March(2013-14) against Osasuna saw him overtake Paulino Alcántara’s 369 goals to become Barcelona’s top goal scorer in all competitions including friendlies.
  • Another hat-trick against Real Madrid on 23 March made him the all-time top scorer in El Clásico, ahead of the 18 goals scored by former Real Madrid player Alfredo Di Stéfano.
  • Hat-trick scored against Sevilla on 22 November(2014-15)made him the all-time top scorer in La Liga, as he surpassed the 59-year record of 251 league goals held by Telmo Zarra.
  • A third hat-trick, scored against city rivals Espanyol on 7 December, allowed him to surpass César Rodríguez as the all-time top scorer in the Derbi Barceloní with 12 goals.

Start of MSN(Messi-Suarez-Neymar)

  • With 58 goals from Messi, the trio scored a total of 122 goals in all competitions that season, a record in Spanish football.
  • A hat-trick scored in 11 minutes against Rayo Vallecano on 8 March, the fastest of his senior career; it was his 32nd hat-trick overall for Barcelona, allowing him to overtake Telmo Zarra with the most hat-tricks in Spanish football.
  • As the season’s top assist provider with 18, he surpassed Luís Figo with the most assists in La Liga.
  • Greatest goal ever ] Messi scored twice as Barcelona defeated Athletic Bilbao 3–1 in the Copa del Rey final on 30 May, achieving the sixth double in their history. His opening goal was hailed as one of the greatest in his career; he collected the ball near the halfway line and beat four opposing players, before feinting the goalkeeper to score in a tight space by the near post.
  • Won their second treble, becoming the first team in history to do so.
  • Messi finished the competition as the joint top scorer with ten goals, which earned him the distinction of being the first player ever to achieve the top scoring mark in five Champions League seasons. For his efforts during the season, he received the UEFA Best Player in Europe award for a second time.
  • On 16 September, he became the youngest player to make 100 appearances in the UEFA Champions League.
  • Messi won the FIFA Ballon d’Or for a record fifth time in his career.
  • On 17 February, Messi reached his 300th league goal.
  • After scoring two goals against Arsenal at Emirates stadium he Barcelona’s 10,000th in official competitions.
  • Messi scored 41 goals and provided 23 assists, as Barcelona’s attacking trio managed a Spanish record of 131 goals throughout the season, breaking the record they had set the previous season.
  • Messi scored his first hat-trick of the season in the opening game of the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League campaign against Celtic in a 7–0 victory; this was also Messi’s sixth hat-trick in the Champions League, the most by any player.
  •  Messi scored his 54th Champions League group stage goal in Manchester surpassing the previous record of 53 goals held by Raúl.
  • Messi finished the year with 51 goals, making him Europe’s top scorer, one ahead of Zlatan Ibrahimović.
  • 26th goal from a free-kick for Barcelona in all competitions, he equaled the club’s all-time record, which had previously been set by Ronald Koeman(current manager of the team).
The Great MSN
  • Messi scored in a 5–0 win against Las Palmas; with this goal, he equaled Raúl’s record for the most teams scored against in La Liga (35).
  • Messi scored his 27th free-kick for Barcelona in a 3–0 home win over Athletic Bilbao in the league, overtaking Koeman as the club’s all-time top-scorer from free-kicks.
  • On 23 April, Messi scored twice in a 3–2 away win over Real Madrid. His game-winning goal in stoppage time was his 500th for Barcelona. With the remarkable celebration of him removing his shirt and showing 10 number to Madrid fans.
  • Messi finished the 2016–17 season with 54 goals and 16 assists, while his 37 goals in La Liga saw him claim both the Pichichi and European Golden Boot Awards for the fourth time in his career.
  • Messi opened the 2017–18 season by converting a penalty in Barcelona against Real Madrid in Super Copa de España. Thereby, Messi also extended his El Clásico goal-scoring record with the goal being his 24th official and 25th overall.
  • Three weeks later, on 1 October, Messi surpassed his former teammate Carles Puyol to become the third-highest appearance maker in the club’s history, as he helped Barça defeat Las Palmas 3–0 by assisting Sergio Busquets’ opener and later adding two himself in his 594th official game for the club;
  • On his 122nd European club appearance, Messi scored his 97th UEFA Champions League goal and his 100th in all UEFA club competitions.
  • Messi became only the second player after Cristiano Ronaldo to reach this century milestone but accomplished it in 21 fewer appearances than the Portuguese counterpart.
  • Messi made his 600th appearance for Barcelona in a 2–1 home win over Sevilla in La Liga.
  • Following the reception of his fourth Golden Boot, Messi signed a new deal with Barcelona on 25 November, keeping him with the club through the 2020–21 season.
  • 7 January 2018, Messi made his 400th La Liga appearance with Barcelona in a 3–0 home win over Levante, marking the occasion with his 144th league assist and 365th league goal for the club, the latter of which saw him equal Gerd Müller’s record for the most league goals scored for the same club in one of Europe’s top five divisions.
  • Messi broke the record, scoring his 366th La Liga goal from a free kick in a 4–2 away win against Real Sociedad.
  • Messi scored his 99th and 100th Champions League goals in a 3–0 home win over Chelsea, becoming only the second player after Cristiano Ronaldo to reach this landmark, in fewer appearances, at a younger age and have taken fewer shots than his Portuguese counterpart.
  • On 7 April, he scored a hat-trick in a 3–1 win over Leganés including his sixth goal scored from a free-kick for the season, matching the record set by former teammate Ronaldinho.
  • On 9 May, Messi scored as Barcelona defeated Villarreal 5–1 to set the longest unbeaten streak (43 games) in La Liga history
  • He once again finished the season as the top scorer in La Liga, with 34 goals, which also saw him win his fifth Golden Shoe award.
  • On 18 September, Messi scored a hat-trick in a 4–0 home win over PSV Eindhoven in Barcelona’s opening Champions League group stage match of the season, setting a new record for most hat-tricks in the competition, with eight.
  • He scored two free-kick goals which were also his 10th and 11th league goal of the season, making him the first player ever to reach double figures in La Liga for 13 consecutive seasons.
  • When he made his 450th appearances for the club he also won the first trophy ever trophy as a captain.
  • In the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals; his goal of the match, a 35-yard free-kick, was the 600th senior club goal of his career, all of which had been scored with Barcelona.
  • Messi scored twice in a 2–2 away draw against Eibar (he’s 49th and 50th goals of the season in all competitions), which saw him capture his sixth Pichichi Trophy as the league’s top scorer, with 36 goals in 34 appearances; with six titles, he equaled Zarra as the player with the most top-scorer awards in La Liga.
  • On 19 August, Messi’s chipped goal from the edge of the box against Real Betis was nominated for the 2019 FIFA Puskás Award. By scoring this goal he also received a standing ovation from the fans of the stadium both Barca supporters and Betis supporters
  • On 2 September, Messi was shortlisted as one of the three finalists for both the 2019 FIFA Puskás Award and the 2019 Best FIFA Men’s Player Award, with Messi winning the latter on 23 September.
  •  With a free kick in a 4–0 home win over Sevilla; this was his 420th goal in La Liga, which saw him break Cristiano Ronaldo’s record of 419 goals scored in Europe’s top five leagues.
  • On 23 October, Messi scored his first Champions League goal of the season in a 2–1 away win over Slavia Prague, becoming the first player to score in 15 consecutive Champions League seasons (excluding qualifying rounds).
  • On 29 October, Messi scored and assisted twice in a 5–1 home win over Real Valladolid in La Liga; his first goal – a set piece from 35 yards – was the 50th free-kick of his career. His goals (608) also saw him overtake Cristiano Ronaldo’s senior goal tally (606) at club level.
  • On 9 November, Messi scored three goals (including two free-kicks) in a 4–1 home win against Celta Vigo. This was his 34th hat-trick in La Liga, equalling Cristiano Ronaldo’s Spanish top-flight record.
  • Borussia Dortmund was the 34th team he had scored against in the competition, breaking the previous record of 33 held by Cristiano Ronaldo and Raúl.
  • On 2 December, Messi was awarded a record-breaking sixth Ballon d’Or.
  • Messi assisted twice and scored another, becoming the first player ever in La Liga to score 20 goals or more in 12 consecutive seasons.
  • On 30 June, he scored a panenka in a 2–2 home draw against Atlético Madrid in La Liga, to reach his 700th goal in his senior career for Barcelona and Argentina.
  • On 11 July, Messi provided his 20th assist of the league season for Arturo Vidal in a 1–0 away win over Real Valladolid, equalling Xavi’s record of 20 assists in a single La Liga season from 2008 to 2009 with 22 goals, he also became only the second player ever, after Thierry Henry in the 2002–03 FA Premier League season with Arsenal (24 goals and 20 assists), to record at least 20 goals and 20 assists in a single league season in one of Europe’s top–five leagues.
  • 20 May, Messi finished the season as both the top–scorer and top assist provider in La Liga, with 25 goals and 21 assists respectively, which saw him win his record seventh Pichichi trophy, overtaking Zarra
  • Messi scored his side’s fourth goal in their 4–0 victory over Osasuna. After scoring, he unveiled a shirt of his former side Newell’s Old Boys, in tribute to Argentine compatriot Diego Maradona, who had died four days earlier, and raised both hands to the screen showing Maradona’s face in the stadium. The shirt was a number 10 replica of the same one Maradona had worn during his stint with the club in 1993.
  • On 17 December, Messi finished third in The Best FIFA Men’s Player award behind Robert Lewandowski and Cristiano Ronaldo and was included in the FIFA FIFPro World XI for the fourteenth consecutive year.
  • On 23 December, Messi scored his 644th goal for Barcelona against Real Valladolid in La Liga, surpassing Pelé with Santos as the player with the most goals scored for a single club.
  • In order to celebrate his achievement, Budweiser sent personalized bottles of beer to every goalkeeper whom Messi has scored against.
  • On 15 March, Messi scored 2 goals and provided an assist in a 4–1 win against Huesca. With the first goal, he became the first player in football history to score at least 20 goals in 13 consecutive seasons in the top 5 European leagues.
  • On 21 March, he surpassed Xavi’s record to reach a club record of 768 appearances.
  • On 17 April, Messi scored twice as Barcelona defeated Athletic Bilbao 4–0 in the 2021 Copa del Rey Final. With his second goal, he broke Gerd Müller’s record of 30 plus goals in 12 consecutive club seasons, setting a new record of 13. With his 35th trophy with Barcelona, Messi also overtook Ryan Giggs as the most decorated footballer for a single club.
  • The top goal scorer in La Liga, Messi was announced as the winner of the Pichichi trophy for a record eighth time in his career. It was also a record fifth consecutive win in La Liga, surpassing Alfredo Di Stefano and Mexican Hugo Sánchez who both had four for Real Madrid.

Trophy’s won for club, National team and individual

Club

La Liga: 2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2017–18, 2018–19

Copa del Rey: 2008–09, 2011–12, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2020–21

Super Copa de España: 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2018

UEFA Champions League: 2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2014–15

UEFA Super Cup: 2009, 2011, 2015

FIFA Club World Cup: 2009, 2011, 2015

Messi playing for Argentina

International

Argentina U20

FIFA U-20 World Cup: 2005

  • Argentina Olympic team

Summer Olympics: 2008

  • Argentina

Superclásico de las America’s: 2017,2019

Individual

Ballon d’Or/FIFA Ballon d’Or: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019

FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 2014

FIFA World Player of the Year: 2009

The Best FIFA Men’s Player: 2019

European Golden Shoe: 2009–10, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19

Copa América Golden Ball: 2015

UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award: 2011, 2015

UEFA Club Footballer of the Year: 2009

UEFA Club Forward of the Year: 2009, 2019

UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20, 2020–21

La Liga Best Player: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15

La Liga Best Forward: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16

Trofeo Alfredo Di Stéfano (best player in Spain): 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2014–15, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19

Pichichi Trophy: 2009–10, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20, 2020–21

FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball: 2009, 2011

FIFA Club World Cup Silver Ball: 2015

FIFA Club World Cup Final Most Valuable Player: 2009, 2011

FIFA World Youth Championship Golden Ball: 2005

FIFA World Youth Championship Golden Shoe: 2005

IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019

IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker of the Decade: 2011–2020

IFFHS All Time World’s Best Playmaker: 2006–2020

IFFHS World’s Top Goal Scorer: 2011, 2012

IFFHS World’s Best Top Goal Scorer: 2012, 2016

IFFHS World’s Best Top Division Goal Scorer: 2012, 2013, 2017, 2018

IFFHS World’s Best National Goal Scorer of the Decade: 2011–2020

IFFHS World’s Best Man Player of the Decade 2011–2020

IFFHS The Best Man CONMEBOL Player of the Decade: 2011–2020

IFFHS The Best Man CONMEBOL Player: 2020

Olimpia de Plata (Argentine Footballer of the Year): 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019

Copa América Best Young Player: 2007[623]

FIFPro Young World Player of the Year: 2006, 2007, 2008

Golden Boy (Young Footballer of the Year in Europe): 2005

FIFA FIFPro World11: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

IFFHS World’s Team of the Year: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

IFFHS World Team of the Decade 2011–2020

IFFHS CONMEBOL Team of the Year: 2020

IFFHS CONMEBOL Team of the Decade 2011–2020

UEFA Team of the Year: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

UEFA Ultimate Team of the Year

FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2014

Copa América Dream Team: 2007, 2011, 2015, 2016

Argentine Football Assn. Team of All Time (published 2015)

Argentine Sportsman of the Decade 2011–2020: 2021

L’Équipe Champion of Champions: 2011

World Soccer Greatest XI of All Time: 2013

Ballon d’Or Dream Team: 2020

Laureus World Sportsman of the Year: 2020

Champion for Peace and Sport: 2020

Messi and Records

Other Player’s say about Messi

When you saw him you would think: this kid can’t play ball. He’s a dwarf, he’s too fragile, too small. But immediately you’d realize that he was born different, that he was a phenomenon and that he was going to be something impressive.”

said by  Newell’s Old Boys youth coach Adrián Coria shares his first impression of the 12-year-old Messi.

“In my entire life, I have never seen a player of such quality and personality at such a young age, particularly wearing the ‘heavy’ shirt of one of the world’s great clubs.” said by Fabio Capello praises the 18-year-old Messi following the Joan Gamper trophy in August 2005

“I have seen the player who will inherit my place in Argentinian football and his name is Messi,” commented by Diego Maradona (hailing the 18-year-old Messi as his successor in February 2006.)

Messi is the best player in the world by some distance. He’s like a PlayStation. He can take advantage of every mistake we make.” Arsène Wenger commends Messi for his four-goal display against Arsenal in April 2010.

“I feel sorry for those who want to compete for Messi’s throne – it’s impossible, this kid is unique.”

Pep Guardiola after Messi became Barcelona’s all-time top scorer at age 24 in March 2012

“In Leo, we are talking about the best player in the world and when things are not going well you have to use him. Even if he is half lame, his presence on the pitch is enough to lift us and our play in general.” Defender Gerard Piqué explains Barcelona’s reliance on an unfit Messi against Paris Saint-Germain in April 2013

We are lucky, it is one of life’s pleasures, it is a gift from God to have the best player in the world in a footballing country like ours… Lionel Messi is the greatest thing we have in Argentina and we must take care of him.”

said by the President of Argentina Mauricio Macri

Did it annoy me that Messi took the record? A little, yes. You go around the world and people say, ‘he’s the top scorer for the Argentina national team.’ But the advantage I have is that I’m second to an extraterrestrial.

”Gabriel Batistuta on the consolation of Messi breaking his record.

“[Messi] is indispensable, but the rest of us are dispensable. – No, the club is bigger than any manager, than any player… except Leo. That’s the reality, and you have to accept it.” In an interview with Barcelona’s official magazine, Javier Mascherano outlines Messi’s importance to the team.

Conclusion

All these words and all his records he just one thing to say, “ Messi is one of the Greatest Player of all time “. There might be very few football enthusiasts who deny this fact. We will cherish all the memories he gave to football overall and hope he breaks records as always. Happy Birthday to the man with many names but one name he always carries, ‘ Lionel Andres Messi Cuccutini ‘. Cheerio GOAT.

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