Argentine forward and skipper Lionel Messi is celebrating his 31st birthday today i.e. June 24. On a day where it starts to become more of a reality that the diminutive superstar won’t, in fact, be around forever, fans and pundits alike have taken the opportunity to say thank you to Messi for his service to the game. Of course, the occasion also marked the ideal chance to highlight just how groundbreaking the career of Messi has been. Also Read - Roger Federer Edges Out Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi to Become World's Highest-paid Athlete in Forbes' List

Born in 1987, Messi will be gifted a copy of the FIFA World Cup long with a birthday cake by the people of Bronnitsy, the place where they are residing presently in Russia for their World Cup campaign. Also Read - 'Messi Match' in Kolkata Most Memorable: Rowan Arumughan

Check out what Messi’s fans has to say:

Messi has always proven to be a prolific goalscorer and a creative playmaker during his 14-year-long career (and still counting) at Camp Nou with Barcelona where he has won 32 titles and five ballons d’Or along with few other goal-scoring records.