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Messi was offered the chance to play for the Spanish national football team, but declined, preferring to wait for the opportunity to play for the country of his birth. In June 2004 he got his chance, playing in an under-20 friendly match against Paraguay.

In June 2005 Messi starred for the Argentina U-20 team that won the Football World Youth Championship in The Netherlands, picking up the Golden Boot as top scorer with 6 goals, and the Golden Ball for the best player of the tournament. Despite his youth, Lionel was already being compared to Diego Maradona, one of the greatest football players of all time. Today Lionel Messi has a record for hat ricks being 3 goals in one game has 25 hat tricks has had 3 consecutive. In today’s world I think of him as the best because he sets up players on his team and he can straight out score.

 

 

 

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