Usually we refrain from individual birthday congratulations, but in this case, we will make an exception. Today is MESSIah’s date of birth, so let’s celebrate. Mr. Messi has now been with FC Barcelona for 10 years and in that short time has gone from a boy needing growth hormone treatments to the greatest player on the face of the earth. His accomplishments are myriad, both with the blaugrana and the Albiceleste, and he has gone on to become a vocal leader as well.
Since arriving, the Flea has amassed 127 goals and 52 assists in 247 appearances, winning 4 Liga titles, 2 Champion’s League trophies, 1 Copa del Rey, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 3 Supercopa de Espana trophies, and 1 FIFA Club World Cup title for the team. As an individual, he has won every award available to him at the club level, culminating in the FIFA World Player of the Year and European Golden Shoe awards for 2009 (more information on all his awards is available on Wikipedia). Now widely regarded as the best player in the world and one of the best players ever, Messi is with Barcelona for a long time to come and we want to wish him the best here.
Of course, any mention of the man could not go by without mentioning his charitable works. He is also a principled young man (I can call him that because I am older than he is) who represents a number of groups bearing his own name to help children suffering from diseases and poor education as well as working with UNICEF.
So in honor of your birthday Leo, we want you to go out and have a tasty, delicious adult beverage, and make sure there is a mic around when you do it.