Tales of lore do not attain their status overnight. They become bigger than life over time due to their implausibility and the decisions made that affect our histories so greatly. Such is the tale of Lionel Messi. A diminutive youth player with good skill in need of expensive treatments to repair a growth hormone deficiency flies to Barcelona for a trial made possible because of some familial connections with then-sporting director Carles Rexach. His trial is a success. He is offered a youth contract and that the medical bills would be paid for his growth hormone deficiency treatments. He succeeds in the youth leagues.
Almost 5 years ago to the day he if offered a first-team deal. As if this were not enough, he then scores a hat trick in El Clasico. The goals start coming, the assists are there, and he gains more time with the first team. Finally, he inherits the #10 and repays the team with a six trophy haul and 38 goals, winning the FIFA World Player of the Year Award. Then he outdoes himself the next year scoring 47 goals. Oh, and he’s still only 5’6″ and is the best player in the world. Adding to all that, he’s named after Lionel Richie, which is scary. It’s the stuff of legends that inspires us. 10 years ago today Messi and his father landed in Barcelona to take part in a trial that would pave the way for him to sign with the club. We present a collection of Messi’s greatness in the form of Youtube. Warning: Lots of video below.
We do not normally do this, but we think we can make an exception for Messi. Enjoy these videos and relive the memories. Not much more to say here. Save this: from the time he began with the first team in 2004 to September 17, 2010, Messiah has scored 133 goals and 54 assists in 219 appearances. He has won 13 trophies and has won every major award available to a player on the club level including the Ballon d’Or, FIFA World Player of the Year, European Golden Boot, etc.
2007 Hat Trick Against Real Madrid
2009-2010 47 Goal Haul
Arsenal 1, Messi 4
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