Leo Messi, with Four Ballon d'Or awards to his name (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012) can be officially considered the best player in the world. But despite so many individual virtues, he is also a remarkable team player.  This Argentinian striker's footballing career started in 1995 at Newell's Old Boys, where he played until the year 2000. At the age of 13, Lionel Messi crossed the Atlantic to try his luck in Barcelona, and joined the Under 14s.

Leo Messi, with Four Ballon d'Or awards to his name (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012) can be officially considered the best player in the world. But despite so many individual virtues, he is also a remarkable team player. This Argentinian striker's footballing career started in 1995 at Newell's Old Boys, where he played until the year 2000. At the age of 13, Lionel Messi crossed the Atlantic to try his luck in Barcelona, and joined the Under 14s.

Lionel Messi of Barcelona looks on prior to the La Liga match between Levante UD and FC Barcelona at Ciutat de Valencia on September 21, 2014 in Valencia, Spain.

Levante UD v FC Barcelona - La Liga

Lionel Messi of Barcelona looks on prior to the La Liga match between Levante UD and FC Barcelona at Ciutat de Valencia on September 21, 2014 in Valencia, Spain.

Messi's chip and goal at age 8 (new unpublished video)

Messi's chip and goal at age 8 (new unpublished video)

Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi[3] (born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine footballer who plays for FC Barcelona and captains the Argentina national team, mainly as an forward. Messi received several Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations by the age of 21, and won in 2009[4][5][6][7] and 2010.[8] His playing style and small stature has drawn comparisons to Diego Maradona, who himself declared Messi as his "successor."[9][10]

Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi[3] (born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine footballer who plays for FC Barcelona and captains the Argentina national team, mainly as an forward. Messi received several Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations by the age of 21, and won in 2009[4][5][6][7] and 2010.[8] His playing style and small stature has drawn comparisons to Diego Maradona, who himself declared Messi as his "successor."[9][10]

You're size is not a disadvantage. If you are ever feeling "too small" just remind yourself of a little guy who plays extremely big named Lionel Messi.

You're size is not a disadvantage. If you are ever feeling "too small" just remind yourself of a little guy who plays extremely big named Lionel Messi.

Lionel Messi Forward, Argentina Plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona Height: 5'7'' Age: 26 Fun Fact: Goodwill ambassador for UNICEF.

The Hottest 2014 World Cup Soccer Players—Out of Their Uniforms!

Lionel Messi Forward, Argentina Plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona Height: 5'7'' Age: 26 Fun Fact: Goodwill ambassador for UNICEF.

Never-before-seen video of Leo Messi with FC Barcelona's U-16 team [Video] - http://www.yardhype.com/leo-messi-u-16-team/

Never-before-seen video of Leo Messi with FC Barcelona's U-16 team [Video] - http://www.yardhype.com/leo-messi-u-16-team/

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona holds the MVP trophy at the end of the Joan Gamper Trophy match between FC Barcelona and Club Leon at Camp Nou on August 18, 2014 in Barcelona, Catalonia.

FC Barcelona v Club Leon

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona holds the MVP trophy at the end of the Joan Gamper Trophy match between FC Barcelona and Club Leon at Camp Nou on August 18, 2014 in Barcelona, Catalonia.

March 7, 2003  Leo Messi, age 16, makes his debut for Barcelona B.

March 7, 2003 Leo Messi, age 16, makes his debut for Barcelona B.

Leo Messi shares Ballon dOr with the youth teams

Leo Messi shares Ballon dOr with the youth teams

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