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“I’ve never stopped being Argentine, and I’ve never wanted to. I feel very proud of being Argentine, even though I left there. I’ve been clear about this since I was very young, and I never wanted to change. Barcelona is my home because both the club and the people here have given me everything, but I won’t stop being Argentine.“

— Happy Birthday to Lionel Andrés Messi!

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Happy 29th birthday, Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini! (June 24, 1987)

There is no player in world football who inspires more confidence in his devotees than Messi with the ball at his feet. It’s money. Even if a goal doesn’t happen, something good is going to. Bet the house on it. It’s those quiet moments that we, and he, become as vulnerable as he seems to be, and it’s at those times that confidence well and truly becomes the game that it is, the fleeting thing that dominates, that controls and alters.”–Kevin Williams