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FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2011 file photo, FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina, right, dribbles for the ball against Athletic Bilbao's Urko Vera during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. At 23, Messi  already is a two-time FIFA player of the year, a member of two Champions League winners. He has 173 goals in 256 games for Barcelona since making his competitive debut in 2004. He has 16 goals in 54 appearances for Argentina.  (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)
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FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2011 file photo, FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina, right, dribbles for the ball against Athletic Bilbao's Urko Vera during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. At 23, Messi already is a two-time FIFA player of the year, a member of two Champions League winners. He has 173 goals in 256 games for Barcelona since making his competitive debut in 2004. He has 16 goals in 54 appearances for Argentina. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)

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