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Nicknamed the "Flea," Lionel Messi has won FIFA's highest honor as the Worlds Best Player three times. And all at the tender age of 24. 
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Lionel Messi from Argentina, left, reacts after scoring for FC Barcelona against Real Madrid during their semifinal first leg Champions League soccer match at the Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, April 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina reacts during his Spanish La Liga soccer match against Malagaat Rosaleda stadium in Malaga, Spain, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Sergio Torres)
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FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, from Argentina, reacts after scoring against Granada during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, March 20, 2012.
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Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina controls the ball during his Spanish La Liga soccer match at Rosaleda stadium in Malaga, Spain, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Sergio Torres)
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FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, from Argentina, left, scores a penalty against Betis during the Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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Lionel Messi looks on during the La Liga match between Valencia and Barcelona at Estadio Mestalla 

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Barcelona's Argentine star Lionel Messi controls the ball during a training session in view of tomorrow's Champions League, Group H soccer match against AC Milan at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, Nov.22, 2011. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona looks on under a heavy rain storm during the La Liga match between Athletic Club and FC Barcelona at San Mames Stadium on November 6, 2011 in Bilbao, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona (R) scores his second goal during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Villarreal CF at Camp Nou Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain. 

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Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona duels for the ball with Jose Manuel Casado of Rayo Vallecano (L) and Jose Maria Movilla of Rayo Vallecano (R) during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Rayo Vallecano at Camp Nou 

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FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, from Argentina, reacts after scoring against Zaragoza during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, from Argentina, rear, duels for the ball against Zaragoza's goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, from Argentina, right, duels for the ball against Rayo Vallecano's Javi Fuego during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, right, challenges for the ball with AC Milan defender Ignazio Abate during a Champions League, group H, soccer match at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
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FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, from Argentina, right, duels for the ball against Zaragoza's Abraham Minero during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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Barcelona's Argentine player Lionel Messi controls the ball during a training session ahead of Wednesday's Champions League Group H soccer match against AC Milan at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, from Argentina, holds his Ballon d'Or (Golden Ball) award as European Footballer of the Year before a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Betis at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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A worker climbs on a ladder as he sticks a poster of the upcoming Club World Cup soccer 2012 with a portrait of FC Barcelona's striker Lionel Andres Messi of Argentina on a wall in Tokyo Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. The soccer event will be held between Dec. 8 and 18 in Toyota, central Japan, and Yokohama, South Tokyo, to decide the world's top club team. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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RETRANSMISSION FOR ALTERNATIVE CROP FC Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas, right, reacts after scoring with his teammate Andres Iniesta, center, and Lionel Messi, from Argentina, left, against Levante during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, of Argentina, left, celebrates with teammates midfielder Xavi Hernandez after an own goal of AC Milan midfielder Mark Van Bommel during a Champions League, Group H soccer match between AC Milan and Barcelona at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Nov.23, 2011. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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Barcelona's Argentine forward Lionel Messi, right, smiles with his teammates defender Eric Abidal, of France, and forward Alexis Sanchez, of Chile, left, during a training session in view of tomorrow's Champions League, Group H soccer match against AC Milan at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011. (AP Photo / Luca Bruno)
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 Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona shoots towards goal towards during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between FC Barcelona and FC Viktoria Plzen at Camp Nou on October 19, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona won 2-0.

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 Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona misses a chance to score during the la Liga Match between FC Barcelona and Real Zaragoza at Camp Nou 

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Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona scores the opening goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Racing Club at Camp Nou 

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 Lionel Messi  celebrates scoring his teams second goal during the UEFA Champions League final between FC Barcelona and Manchester United FC at Wembley Stadium 

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Lionel Messi fights for the ball with Douglas Costa of Shakhtar Donetsk during the UEFA Champions League quarter final first leg match between Barcelona and Shakhtar Donetsk at the Camp Nou stadium 

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 27: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona in action during a Barcelona training session prior to the UEFA Champions League final versus Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Messi the Great

Nicknamed the "Flea," Lionel Messi has won FIFA's highest honor as the Worlds Best Player three times. And all at the tender age of 24. 

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