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Lionel Messi is widely regarded as one of the top two footballers in the world, alongside Portuguese sensation Cristiano Ronaldo. Of course, the 29-year-old Argentine didn’t just stumble upon his skills at an older age; he’s been tearing up the competition since he was quite young.

Accordingly, Barcelona has recently made available new footage of Messi at the Barça Youth Academy from when he was a kid. He was so talented early on that Barcelona wanted to sign Lio as a pre-teen.

After watching the above footage, you’ll no doubt understand why the Spanish football club aimed at securing the rights to Messi when he was just a boy. Messi eventually went on to make his team debut back in 2003 at the age of 16.

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