The 2012-13 season hasn’t been the finest of Lionel Messi’s already storied career.
Though the diminutive superstar played a role in his Barcelona side clinching its fourth La Liga title in five years, Messi and company disappointingly lost to Bayern Munich in the semifinals of the Champions League. They lost to rival Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey semifinals. And despite the Argentine’s renowned durability, he has suffered from a nagging hamstring injury of late that has caused him to miss several late-season matches.
Despite the less than perfect end to the Leo’s campaign, it has still been otherworldly by anyone else's standard. He has scored 60 goals in 50 matches for the Blaugrana, including 46 in 32 La Liga appearances to this point.
He’s now won the prestigious Ballon d’Or in each of the last four seasons. And he’s still widely considered the best footballer in the world, perhaps even the best since his countryman Maradona.
As this promotional video from watchmaker Audemars Piguet suggests, Messi embodies the spirit of “To break the rules, you must first master them.”
Master them young Messi has.
The exciting thing is that Messi is just 25. There’s still plenty of mastering and rule-breaking left to do.