Lionel Messi turns 26 today, even most of the time he still looks like a scraggly teenager. Will the Argentine star be able to celebrate with these pesky Spanish tax fraud charges hanging over his head? Figure he finds a way.
Does 26 seem old for Messi? Young? It’s hard to tell sometimes.
Less debatable is that we’re all witnessing the prime of Messi’s career. Since the 2009-10 season he’s scored at least 47 goals each year, peaking with 70 across all competitions during 2011-12. Messi’s managed to stay mostly injury-free during his time with Barcelona so you’d figure he’s got another two or three years, minimum, at the peak of his powers. His four Ballon d’Or awards for best player in the world is already a record.
Come August Messi will get to team with Brazil’s ascendant superstar Neymar at the Camp Nou. It’s staggering to think what the pair might accomplish assuming they click on the flick.