It's a bit depressing that Lionel Messi was better at eight-years-old than most of us will ever be in our lives, isn't it?
The Argentinian superstar has been wowing crowds at the Nou Camp for years now, and was on the scoresheet in Barcelona's 4-0 win over Eibar on Sunday - making it eight strikes in his last four appearances.
Of course, he's been banging in goals for most of his life and the latest video of his exploits as a young child to emerge on the internet proves just that.
In the newly-released video, an eight-year-old Messi is playing for Central Cordoba in his native Argentina. Displaying the nimble footwork and trickery that would become the hallmark of his career, the precocious youngster flicks the ball over a rival before lobbing it into the net. Very nicely done indeed.
The footage is a little grainy but it's clear to see the talent Messi possessed from an early age. His journey from South America to Barcelona is well documented; born with outrageous talent, the future world superstar was undersized and was denied the growth hormones he required to bulk up and compete with his age group before Barcelona ultimately came along to foot the bill.
“When I was 11 years old they discovered that I had a growth hormone deficiency and I had to start a treatment to help me to grow," Messi said in an interview in 2014. "Every night I had to stick a needle into my legs, night after night after night, every day of the week, and this over a period of three years.”
“I was so small, they said that when I went onto the pitch, or when I went to school, I was always the smallest of all. It was like this until I finished the treatment and I then started to grow properly”.
The rest is history and the 28-year-old is now known as perhaps the greatest player to have ever graced the pitch, having won five Ballon d'Or crowns, the Champions League four times and La Liga seven times as well.
He'll be hoping to help his side repeat their historic treble of last season this time around - and Barcelona look well placed to do just that.
The Catalan club are currently top of La Liga by eight points from second-placed Atletico Madrid and a further four ahead of rivals Real Madrid, while they also hold a 2-0 advantage over Arsenal in their Champions League last-16 tie.
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