2011 has been just like any other year for Lionel Messi since he burst on to the international football scene; another 12 months littered with personal and team accolades.
Promoted to the captaincy of his national side, with whom he ended a scoring drought of two years and seven months in official matches, the Argentinian superstar has been reeling off the trophies again with Barcelona. The Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Spanish League, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Champions League all have all come Barça’s way this year, with Messi ending the continent’s premier club competition as the leading scorer for the third season running.
Already his club’s second-highest marksman with 194 goals, Messi also picked up the inaugural UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, ahead of team-mate Xavi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The diminutive Messi has come an awful long way since making his first-team debut for Barça in 2004. In amassing a glittering array of team honours and individual accolades since then, the Argentinian genius has often been compared with his illustrious compatriot Diego Maradona, and has proved a worthy bearer of the famous Albiceleste No10 jersey.
The most elusive of dribblers, Messi has a devastatingly quick turn of pace and a sixth sense when it comes to scoring goals. The winner of numerous titles already with his club, all that is missing on his extensive roll of honour is a FIFA World Cup™ winner's medal.