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HOW MESSI BECAME DEADLIEST STRIKER IN THE WORLD

While the Argentine always looked likely to be a superstar, few could have predicted he would’ve scored quite as many goals across his career

Lionel Messi has come a long way since the spring of 2005, when he hit the net for the first time in Barcelona colours.

In the 14 years since making his debut for the Blaugrana the Argentine wizard has become, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, perhaps the deadliest goalscorer the game of football has ever seen.

Those present for the strike that opened his account against Albacete, this writer included, were aware that history was in the making. Messi had shown from his Juvenil A days in La Masia that he was marked for greatness.

While the Argentine always looked likely to be a superstar, few could have predicted he would’ve scored quite as many goals across his career

Lionel Messi has come a long way since the spring of 2005, when he hit the net for the first time in Barcelona colours.

In the 14 years since making his debut for the Blaugrana the Argentine wizard has become, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, perhaps the deadliest goalscorer the game of football has ever seen.

Those present for the strike that opened his account against Albacete, this writer included, were aware that history was in the making. Messi had shown from his Juvenil A days in La Masia that he was marked for greatness. That watershed 2011-12 was the first in which Leo managed more than one goal from a free kick, and his potency standing over the ball has only increased in the years that have followed. The current season has featured no less than six free-kick goals, a new personal best for the Rosario native with one game remaining.

Whatever happens on this final weekend of La Liga, when Messi and Barca welcome Real Sociedad to Camp Nou, a sixth Pichichi top scorer trophy is already assured for the Catalans’ ace marksman. As is the Golden Shoe, unless Lazio’s Ciro Immobile somehow outscores his rival by six in Serie A.

Those individual awards simply prove once more what we all know by this point: while Messi was fated to become a superstar from the very start, few could have guessed he would also become the bane of goalkeepers across Spain and the world. – GOAL

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