Lionel Messi has long been the world’s best active player. Some argue that he’s already the best of all-time. Now we know that he’s essentially always been that way.
On Wednesday, Barcelona’s in-house TV network Barca TV released footage of Lionel Messi competing for Barcelona’s Cadet A-level squad at the tender age of 14. There are a number of things that are notable about Messi in the clip; his size, his touch, his vision. Yet the most transcendent thing on offer is the clear knowledge that Leo Messi was already doing Leo Messi things when he was still 14.
The entire highlight reel here, like just about any Messi highlight, is must-watch TV. The man is nigh on unstoppable when the bit is between his teeth, and it’s clear that the bit has always been between his teeth. Given his dominance yet again in 2014-15, it may be time to acknowledge that Messi has been dominating longer than anyone else.