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Lionel Messi celebrates his 28th birthday
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Lionel Messi celebrates his 28th birthday
Wednesday June 24th, 2015

Lionel Messi wasn't a superstar when he joined FC Barcelona at the age of 13. He was a goofy teenager. But Messi turns 28 on Wednesday and is now a soccer demigod. 

Messi joined Barca in 2000 after the club offered to pay for his growth hormone deficiency treatments. The treatments had cost his family several hundred dollars per month, so they moved to Spain and young Leo began training with Barcelona's youth academy. 

Over the years, the club collected photos of the budding star, which they combined into a Vine so we can watch him grow up in a matter of seconds.

To honor his 28th birthday, watch 28 epic Messi goals

​Enjoy Ray Hudson gushing over Lionel Messi for his 28th birthday

- Dan Gartland

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