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 By Chris Wright

Barcelona mark 13th anniversary of Lionel Messi debut with beautiful video

On the 13th anniversary of his La Liga debut, Barcelona have paid loving homage to Lionel Messi with a timely look back at the diminutive Argentinian legend's formative years at the Catalan club.

Barca have created a fantastic compilation that features a fresh-faced teenage Messi twisting, turning, dribbling and scoring goal after goal after goal for the youth team -- a handy knack he has continued to demonstrate right up to the present day.

Some 360 goals in 390 appearances later, here we are. Messi's imperious record in the prevailing years is scarcely believable, were it not for the fact that we've all witnessed it with our own eyes.

Proof if proof were needed that we are indeed in the presence of greatness.

Chris covers the funny side of the game for ESPN FC in the Toe Poke blog.

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