Lionel Messi Barcelona release unseen video clips of his academy days

He is seen playing in a match on a sandy pitch showing the same trickery, speed and close control he has come to be known for.

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He is seen playing in a match on a sandy pitch showing the same trickery, speed and close control he has come to be known for.

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He is arguably the best football ever in the game, but it has been a long time coming for Lionel Messi.

Lionel Messi play Lionel Messi (Youtube/Barcelona )

 

Barcelona have released never seen footages of Messi as he rose through the ranks at the Nou Camp.

Having arrived when he was just 13, the two-and-a-half minute compilation shows the brilliance of the teenager.

Lionel Messi (middle) play Lionel Messi (Youtube/Barcelona )

 

His first ever interviews were shown in the clips along with a footage of his trademark free-kick.

He is seen playing in a match on a sandy pitch showing the same trickery, speed and close control he has come to be known for.

Lionel Messi play Lionel Messi (Youtube/Barcelona )

 

From the clip, it can also be seen that Messi had been gliding and dribbling past players like he does on a regular these days.

Lionel Messi play Lionel Messi (Youtube/Barcelona )

 

Messi played for Barcelona C and Barcelona B, before making his senior debut against Porto in November 2003 when he was just 16 years, four months and 23 days old.