Video of Messi dominating as a very young boy

[VIDEO PICK: La Pulga] Today we're sharing some footage of Lionel Messi that came to light this spring, these extended highlights will have you recognizing the young genius just by observing his trademark body language, and domination.

Lionel Messi was born in Rosario, Argentina on June 24, 1987. The dates on these highlights vary, but it appears young Leo is between 5 and 7 years old. The date of May 29, 1993 is clearly visible on one of the clips, which would make Messi not quite 6 years old at that point.

Messi’s moves were clearly emerging already, devastating dribbling with a ball that looks half his size, and those celebrations eerily reminescent of the grown man now at Barcelona. This clip is nearly six minutes long, but don’t miss the last 30 seconds showing some of his incredible juggling. Here he is -- Messi the boy king ...

8 comments about "Video of Messi dominating as a very young boy".
  1. Kent James, July 23, 2013 at 8:30 a.m.

    So much for the importance of coaching player development in Messi's brilliance. Some are just born great. On the other hand, for the rest of us....

  2. Walt Pericciuoli, July 23, 2013 at 9:37 a.m.

    Are there any 6 year olds out there in the USA like that? If so,how would we find them and would you want any of our current crop of youth coaches and trainers to get a hold of him?

  3. F. Kirk Malloy, July 23, 2013 at 10:05 a.m.

    Ouch, that really hurt. I bruised the bottom of my chin on my keyboard.
    Holy cow. As amazing as a youth as a pro.

  4. Pancho Villa, July 23, 2013 at 11:31 a.m.

    Isnt this the type of player we lable as selfish and too small in USA?? Yep, thats exactly what we do. Hey but Academy is the next level, right??

  5. Aresenal Fan, July 23, 2013 at 12:43 p.m.

    No passing needed when you can dribble like that, unfortunally if you ain't got those skills, pass the ball!!

  6. Pancho Villa, July 23, 2013 at 4:11 p.m.

    Arsenal, thats a skill that must be mastered. To do this you must try and try again. Very simple. South American teams have the greatest players most of the time that have as a regular trait the skill of dribbling past anyone. Why?? Because they have no U8-U12 coaches telling them they should pass the ball for better team play!!

  7. Pancho Villa, July 23, 2013 at 4:13 p.m.

    Arsenal, you think that a NBA point gaurd just suddenyl had the skill to dribble the ball the way they do?? Could it be through constant repition and cilture??

  8. Aresenal Fan, July 24, 2013 at 5:51 p.m.

    unfortunally Pancho, very few around the world are at this level, maybe non. Not a messi fan, but there is no one close to his driblling skill level.

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