Messi sets the standard

July 9, 2007
By Andrew Downie in Venezuela
Lionel Messi turned 20 last month and he got a special present. It wasn't the watch that his team-mates clubbed together to buy for him and Juan Roman Riquelme, who shares his birthday. It was a simple little photo of Messi the boy holding the first of what would turn out to be many footballing trophies. Scribbled on the kid's crimson shirt is the dedication, 'With tenderness, and Happy Birthday, Diego (10).' If that summed up Maradona's respect for Messi the man, his admiration for Messi ...

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