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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Lionel Messi, the 21st century Maradona:
Another off the Argentine assembly line of “New Maradonas”, Lionel Messi may be the first to live up to that unfair comparison. Where Javier Saviola, Juan Roman Riquelme and Pablo Aimar have unsurprisingly failed to match HIS high standards despite initial promise, Messi has shown that even at a young age he is able to carry the weight of expectant teammates and a nation on his shoulders.

Career Highlights :

June 24, 1987 Born in Rosario, Argentina
2000 Lionel and his family move to Spain to help treat his hormonal growth deficiency
Signs for Barcelona at the age of 13
October 16, 2004 Makes his Barcelona first tem debut against RCD Espanyol
May 1 2005 Becomes the youngest league scorer in Barcelona’s history against Albacete when he scored his first goal at 17 years, ten months and seven days
June 2005 Helps the Argentina Under 20 team win the FIFA World Youth Championship scoring two goals against Nigeria in the Final
June 27, 2005 Renews his contract with Barcelona until 2010 with a €150 million buy-out clause
August 4, 2005 Receives his first call up to the Argentine national team
September 25, 2005 Obtains Spanish citizenship allowing him to play more games for Barcelona no longer being restricted by the non-EU player quota.
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