File - Even before Messi made his professional debut at 17 years old he was widely tipped to become one of the world’s greatest players.
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From there Messi, now 27 years old, quickly passed through the youth ranks before he made his first-team debut.On a personal level Messi has been voted World Player of the Year on four occasions and has a breathtaking scoring record. It includes hitting 73 goals in the 2011-12 season, over 400 goals for club and country in all competitions, and he is now closing in on the all-time Spanish scoring record.Messi has scored 249 league goals and could break the record Saturday when Barca play Eibar.
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