In pictures: Lionel Messi, the early years

Ollie Irish

1st, December 2009


On the day that Lionel Messi was announced as the runaway winner of the 2009 Ballon d’Or, enjoy our Messi gallery, featuring some rare pics of him as a wee bairn:


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Messi makes his debut as a sub for Argentina's senior national team, against Hungary. He was sent off minutes later for elbowing an opponent.