Lionel Messi: Celebrate his 25 most beautiful goals on his 25th birthday

Seriously. Who remembers football before Lionel Messi?

Although still a pup in relative life terms, the Argentine maestro, who’ll most likely be remembered in the pantheons of football as it’s greatest ever exponent, today celebrates his 25th birthday as the leading football genius of his generation.

His stats are simply mind-blowing.

For Barcelona, Messi has a mesmorising 102 assists & 253 goals in 329 games. For Argentina, Messi has 21 assists and 26 goals in 70 games. And then there is his trophy cabinet, where Lionel Messi has won 21 trophies as well as claiming 19 world records.

In celebration of Messi’s 25th, we’ve set about selecting his 25 greatest goals and our list looks as follows:

(Goals are not listed in order of preference.)

1) Lionel Messi’s first goal for Barcelona v Albacete (2005)

2) Lionel Messi Hat-Trick Golazo v Brazil (2012)

 

Carry on Lionel Messi’s top 25 list after the fold:

3) Lionel Messi wonder free-kick v Atletico Madrid (2012)

4) Doing a Maradana: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) v Getafe (2007)

5) Cesar is overtaken by his 233rd goal: Lionel Messi (2) (Barcelona) v Granada (2012)

6) One of the best solo specials ever: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) v Zaragoza (2010)

7) Lionel Messi (Barcelona v Santos, December 18, 2011)

8. Right foot finish: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) v Malaga (2009)

9) 2010 Puskas Award nominee: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) v Valencia

10) Champions League Final header: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) v Manchester United (2009)

11) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) v Sevilla (2012)

12) On the volley: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) v Real Madrid (2011)

13) Give, Go, Golazo: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) v Lyon (2010)

14) A vicious volley: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) v Bayern Munich (2007)

15) A cracker in the Champions League: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) v Real Madrid (2011)

16) His injury time equaliser, 3-3: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) v Real Madrid (2007)

17) Started & Finished: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) v Panathinaikos (2010)

18) Little lift, lovely finish: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) v Arsenal (2011)

19) Copa America Classic: Lionel Messi (Argentina) v Mexico (2007)

20) Perfectly Placed: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) v Basel

21) Never stops going forward: Lionel Messi (Argentina) v Spain

22) A Slamming Shot: Lionel Messi (Argentina) v Venezuela (2007)

23) A Teenager Thumper: Lionel Messi (Argentina U20) v Brazil (2005)

24) 70-yard sprint & the 1st time finish: Lionel Messi (Argentina) v Ecuador (2012)

25) 38 passes & the the killer finish: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) v Villarreal (2011)

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