Since Lionel Messi’s debut for Barcelona as a teenager, football fans have been treated to some truly mesmeric performances from arguably the game’s greatest ever talent.
For well over a decade now, Messi’s brilliance has been lighting up pitches across the planet with the six-time Ballon d’Or quite possible the best goalscorer, passer and dribbler in the game all wrapped up into one incredible talent.
The greatest goalscorer in the history of Barcelona, Argentina and Spanish football, it is unlikely we are going to again witness a footballer who has set standards previously deemed unreachable to mere mortals.
Rarely – if ever – has a player beaten opponents quite so easily with the ball at his feet, Messi possessing unrivalled natural balance and the ability to effortless breeze beyond challenges to leave defenders in his wake.
We’ve decided to look back at some of his most memorable dribbles, take-ons and nutmegs…