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Lionel Messi's rise to greatness

Updated: February 22, 2012, 3:13 PM ET
By Graham Hunter | Special to ESPN.com

The following is an excerpt from Graham Hunter's new book "Barca: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World." It tells the story of a youth-team game that sums up Lionel Messi's determination. You've no doubt read about how he always wants to play every game and loathes the idea of sitting out a match to rest. As Hunter shows, Messi's desire has burned brightly all along, including during his days in Barcelona's youth system, La Masia.

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