The 2012-13 season of Argentine forward Lionel Messi has been almost unbelievable in terms of his performance levels and goalscoring tally. Yet, incredibly, it may not be the best of his career.
So good is Messi that it can be hard to separate his campaigns in recent years in terms of performances and achievements. They have all been unimaginably brilliant.
Over the next few pages, I have attempted to rank Messi's best five seasons as a professional in order of his performance levels. However, there will no doubt be plenty of room for argument.
Without further ado, let's take a look at just where the 2012-13 season ranks in the history of Lionel Messi.