How Lionel Messi finally became the player he was expected to be (no, really)

Lionel Messi Barcelona

Lionel Messi has finally become the player people thought he’d be. It’s taken about 15 years of senior football, 800 games and a list of feted coaches to make it happen – but, as they say, better late than never.

At 32, his evolution can be considered complete. Back when Messi was in his early teens, nobody expected him to become... Lionel Messi. He was short, gifted, creative – and so he seemed to be the next in a long line of Argentine playmakers whose only conceivable role was that just behind the striker.

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