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Golden age for Lionel Messi

Whether in front of goal -- or between the sticks -- Messi is magic

Updated: March 14, 2012, 2:51 PM ET
By Graham Hunter | Special to ESPN.com

We have Carles Puyol to thank for conclusive proof that there's nothing, absolutely nothing, Lionel Messi can't do on a football pitch.

Barcelona's rampaging center half actually started his own football career as a goalkeeper, but he was, even then, so fearless and negligent of his own safety that his mother took him to the doctor, who admitted that because there were very few grass pitches where Puyol grew up, the lad was in danger of damaging his spine by throwing himself ...

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