Sep 25, 2012 3:21 PM
The best player in the world, Leo Messi continually pushes the boundaries of what a footballer can do on the field. He was born in Rosario, Argentina on 24 June 1987 but made his name in Spain, where he has become a Barcelona icon, a giant of European football and an all-time football great. He may be unassuming and down to earth off the pitch, but on it Messi is the ultimate football magician. Tactically versatile, his individual attributes would improve any team. He is elegant and imaginative, with total mastery of the ball and peerless balance in possession. His goalscoring record for Barcelona suggests that almost no defence can stop him. His feet are quick; his brain is even quicker Worryingly for opponents, Messi's best years could still be ahead of him and he's getting better and better with each season. Few players become the best in the world, but even fewer define a generation. Messi has reached those heights before even hitting his peak.