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Watch: Lionel Messi reaches the big 3-0

Turning 30 can be a harrowing time for men and women alike. You can no longer refer to yourself as “in your 20s”, you suddenly realise how many of your drinking buddies are now looking after miniature versions of themselves at home and it’s time to accept that back-to-front baseball cap and vest faze you hoped to experiment with at some point will now never come to pass. We’d be surprised if Lionel Messi was dwelling on such trivial matters today, on the 30th anniversary of his birth.

Perhaps we’re wrong, perhaps the Argentinian genius is sat at home thinking “I can’t believe I only have five Ballon D’ors”, “I’ve scored more goals than anyone else in La Liga history but what if there’s someone who’s racked up more in the Southern Counties Division” and “I wish I’d experimented with the Premier League just once.” If so, chin up Lionel as you’re one of very few professional footballers we’ve run out of superlatives for, so here’s some fancy graphics highlighting the most unbelievable stats from a career that is far from finished.

Article title: Watch: Lionel Messi reaches the big 3-0

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