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Fan posts incredible footage of 'unstoppable' Lionel Messi destroying teams

A fan has made a video of Messi’s incredible exploits during the ‘peak of his powers’
A fan has made a video of Messi’s incredible exploits during the ‘peak of his powers’ / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

A football fan has posted an incredible video of Lionel Messi's exploits for Argentina and Barcelona during the 'peak of his powers'.

Messi is, undoubtedly, one of the best players in history, and has etched his name alongside other greats of the game, including Pele, Diego Maradona, and Cristiano Ronaldo.

During his time at Barcelona, the diminutive Argentine scored 672 goals and provided 301 assists in 778 games across competitions. He also won an astounding 35 trophies at Camp Nou, which included 10 LaLiga titles and four Champions Leagues.

The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner has scored an impressive 80 times for Argentina in 158 appearances, and led his team to glory at the 2021 Copa America.

Fad3nHD posted a brilliant 12-minute clip on YouTube highlighting Messi's epic performances from 2009 to 2013, claiming that it was during this period the 33-year-old was playing at his 'peak'.

Messi thrived under Pep Guardiola from 2008 to 2012, and one of his record-breaking achievements included shattering Gerd Muller's long-standing record in a single calendar year. He scored 91 times in 69 games for Barca and Argentina in 2012.

And fans were in awe of the absolute brilliance of Messi with a number of them commenting on the video.

“At Messi's peak, no player in history is even worthy of tying his laces,” one fan said, while another claimed: "No-one even comes close to this level. I'm thankful I live in his era."

Someone else posted: “If I ever see a player even close to his ability again before I die, I’ll count myself a very lucky man. As crazy as it sounds, I still don’t think he gets the respect he deserves. The King.”

And a fourth added: “This version of Messi was unstoppable, I remember how Real Madrid were unable to stop him every time they met and he either scored a goal or assisted a goal.”

While a fifth said: “Messi had a lot of prime stages (dribbling, playmaking, goalscoring, etc.) but GOD 2012 Messi was absolutely insane. 91 goals and around 20 assists in 69 games. 21-game streak with [at] least one goal in La Liga. WTF are those numbers?”

Messi left Barcelona as a free agent last summer after the club were unable to offer him a new contract due to their financial constraints. The Argentine made the switch to Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer, where he has scored six times and registered five assists in 15 appearances.