When you were at school, everyone liked to think they would make it as a professional footballer one day.
Tricks and flicks would be showcased on the playground, outrageous volleys would be attempted and we would celebrate like our heroes. All of these things were invariably executed far worse than we wanted to believe.
Lionel Messi was no doubt the same as us at that young, except for one key difference: he was absolutely incredible, and was destined to become arguably the greatest player of all time.
New footage has been released of Messi during his time at Barcelona’s La Masia academy, and it is astonishing how good he was at such a young age.
Sit back and enjoy Barca’s all-time great strutting his stuff during his formative years…..