By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Observers have long since run out of superlatives to describe the sheer talent that is Messi. The 25-year old has performed astoundingly well for several seasons on end, and much to the terror of opposition defences, is showing no signs of letting up.
Barcelona's record goal-scorer (combined total from all competitions excluding friendlies) after reaching Cesar Rodriguez in March 2012.
"He [Messi] has a huge importance in the team, he is unique and decisive and that is why he breaks all those records. What makes the people of Barcelona even happier is that he has so much time left ahead of him in the game." - Andres Iniesta
Most number of goals scored in a single Champions League campaign (2011/12), tying Jose Altafini's 14 goal record.
"He's different to every other player in the world, and it's a pleasure to be able to play with him, to have him in the team, because he gives you this extra confidence that every champion team needs. He's a humble player, hardworking, he loves football. He deserves everything that's happening to him." - Cesc Fabregas
First player in history to achieve the honour of being Champions League top scorer for four consecutive seasons (2008/09-2011/12).
"We do not know his limits, you should see how he trains every day, that urge he has to keep getting better. I think we will never see another player like this. He is the best in the world by far." - Tito Vilanova
Record holder for the most number of goals scored during a competitive season (73 goals in 2011/12).
"For him, the ball is like an extra bone in his body, and he runs with the ball as if he didn't even have it with him. Once he gets going, forget it, you won't catch him. He has unbelievable pace. He's at his best in the final third, he's unstoppable in that area of the pitch." - Carlos Bilardo