Lionel Messi scores solo goal aged 12

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We've all seen footage of a tiny Lionel Messi weaving past opponents and scoring goals as a child at Newell's Old Boys - but it's unlikely you will have seen this solo effort by the Barcelona superstar, aged 12 at the time, before today.

Goal have obtained a new video of Messi, a year before he left Newell's to join Barcelona's famed La Masia academy, turning his marker with typical brilliance before taking one more touch and rifling a left-footed strike into the bottom corner of the net.

Messi was invited for a trial at Barcelona in 2001 and, after the Catalan giants agreed to pay for his growth hormone treatment, signed for the Camp Nou club and the rest is history.

Fourteen years later, Messi is widely regarded as the best footballer of his generation and arguably the greatest player of all time.

On course to secure a record-breaking fifth Ballon d'Or award in January, the Argentina international has surpassed all expectations since arriving at Barcelona as a diminutive but immensely gifted 13-year-old.

Video: Lionel Messi solo goal aged 12

Messi: The best ever?

And when he eventually retires, it's now certain that he'll be remembered as one of the game's legends, alongside the likes of Pele, Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff and Alfredo di Stefano in the pantheon of all-time greats.

Some football fans feel he has already surpassed every other footballer and is now the best player in the history of the game.

Those who watch him on a weekly basis find it very difficult to disagree with that assessment.

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