Happy 30th birthday Lionel Messi! 30 incredible images of the Barcelona genius through the years


As Lionel Messi reaches the ripe old age of 30, what better time to indulge in some of his incredible achievements? The Barcelona and Argentina ace is still reaching even greater heights as he enters his fourth decade, and as these images show, he’s already achieved so much.

Can you spot him? Yep, there he is top left

 

A closer look at the young Messi in a Newell’s Old Boys shirt

He was a Youth Cup winner with Argentina in 2005

When he broke into the Barca first team, he was playing with the very best

He was always a hair-raising prospect

He was soon seen as a key member of the team

He was a marked man, but proving very difficult to stop

Champions League glory was secured with a rare header against Manchester United in 2009

It was so good it deserves another angle

He doesn’t even need his boots sometimes

Big name stars have always been queuing up to play with him

He was beginning to put rivals in his shade

The goals kept flowing, including four in a game against Arsenal in 2010

Manchester United were the opponents in the 2011 Champions League final, but Messi and co led them a merry dance

There was a passionate celebration when he scored, too

And he got a hug from Pep for the trouble

His trophy

No-one seemed to be able to stop him

Few can match his close control

Collecting personal awards has always seemed like second nature to him

And there have been lots of them

Defenders have always had to be on their guard against him

He led Argentina to the final of the 2014 World Cup

They lost, but Messi’s quality still shone out

He’s always been a hero at Barca though

He seems able to pass any hurdle he’s faced with

And he looks like being so for some time yet

He’s always got his eye on the ball

Who knows how many records he’ll keep setting?

Here’s to the next 30 years!

Source: www.mirror.co.uk