Lionel Messi is unquestionably the most phenomenal footballer on the planet.
Since 2005, when he sparkled for Argentina in the u-20 World Cup and made his senior debut for FC Barcelona, Messi has dazzled stadiums throughout the world and smashed records and opponent's nets with his spectacular left-foot.
While many would still criticize the diminutive playmaker, it is not likely that any professional football player has accomplished such incredible feats in the span of less than a decade. Certainly, there are not many who have overcome as much as Messi.
Born in Rosario, he shone for local side Newell's Old Boys in various youth categories despite his very small stature. At the age of 11, Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency and told that unless he could afford the $900 monthly treatment that would help him grow to a normal height, it was probable his football career would be cut severely short.
Newell's were unwilling to pay for the youngster's medicine and self-proclaimed millionaire club River Plate from Buenos Aires refused to sign him due to the inevitable expense that came along with his sickness.
Fortunately, Messi's father was able to arrange a trial with Barcelona and they traveled to Spain where the coaching staff was so impressed that they signed him on the spot.
Still only 5'7'' tall, the reigning FIFA World Player of the Year barely looks the part. He is short, stocky, and often has shaggy hair that makes him barely noticeable in public—unlike more athletic rivals such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Robin Van Persie.
Nevertheless, he has managed to become Top Scorer in Barcelona history with 253 goals at only 25 years old. In 2011-12, he broke the single-season record for goals scored in all competitions with 73 and it is quite possible that he might score more as the new season approaches.
For a player with over 250 goals in his Barcelona career, it is frustratingly difficult to rank or even assemble his Top 10. It would benefit you to log onto Youtube.com as soon as possible and watch some of the videos that contain all of Messi's club goals in under 15 minutes.
But, for now, here is my list of the Argentine's best strikes in his Barcelona career so far.