New Delhi: Lionel Messi, arguably the best ever footballer to have graced the beautiful game, turned 34 on Thursday. Considering his global popularity, it was not surprising to see fans pour in birthday wishes for the Barcelona skipper. While some fans called Messi the Greatest of All Time (GOAT), others felt he is more than just a footballer – he is an emotion.Also Read - Lionel Messi Plays Football With His Kids, Video Goes Viral

The Argentinian icon is currently on national duty and featuring in the ongoing Copa America. He has expressed his desire to win a big trophy with Argentina – something that has devoid him. In a recent interview, he admitted that Copa America this time is a big tournament and he would like to win it for Argentina. Also Read - VIDEO: Lionel Messi Returns to Barcelona Following Break After Copa America Success

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Born on 24 June, 1987 in Rosario, Argentina, Messi signed up with Spain’s FC Barcelona at the age of 13 and has since become one of the greatest footballers to have played the game.

The Argentine continues to set new benchmarks for the others to follow, some maybe untouchable. He overcame a potential career-threatening medical condition at a young age before he began his goalscoring spree and winning trophies both.

The 34-year-old made his debut for Barcelona on November 16, 2003, during a friendly against FC Porto and his official debut on October 16, 2004, against Espanyol in a 1-0 win.