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Lionel Messi's first club, Newell's Old Boys, have released footage of what is believed to be the Argentine's first-ever post-match interview.
Filmed when the legendary forward was just a child, it shows a rather shy Messi being asked about a Man of the Match performance - which was to become a frequent occurrence in the years to come.
He joined the Rosario club at the age of six, scoring 234 goals in a 176 matches for Newell's various youth sides.
This caught the attention of FC Barcelona, who brought Leo over to Europe in 2000, when he was still just 13-years-old.
Newly released footage of the PSG man shows just how little has changed since those days, in terms of the way he responds to media requests.
Watch the clip for yourself below.
A young Lionel Messi speaks after a goalscoring performance for Newell's Old Boys. This may be his first ever post-match interview. #Newells pic.twitter.com/wWI3o6kUZL
- Newell's Old Boys - English (@Newells_en) November 5, 2021
A timid Messi initially appears reluctant to come over before telling the reporter: "Wait, I am coming."
Prompted into giving his name, Messi was then told if he was aware he'd been chosen as Man of the Match, to which he responded, "No."
The reporter then asks: "Can you tell us about your goals in front of the camera?"
Messi bluntly states: "The ball came from Federico Rosso, Grighini gave it to Lucas. Lucas gave it to me and I scored it."
The youngster then says that he dedicates his goal "to my father, to my uncle, to all my family and to all the people who know me."
The rare footage went down a storm on Twitter, with many observing how selfless the 34-year-old was back then in recognising the contributions of his teammates.
I love the way Messi answered the question about his goal- he named all his teammates involved in that goal. Gladly he stays humble and a team player all these years.- Dennis (@DennisYWang) November 6, 2021
This is greatness, Messi acknowledging his teammates when asked about his goal indicates how humble he's always been. A certain underwear model would have jumped from one end of the pitch to the other shooting suiiiii on top of his lungs- El chico de Aflao (@setus4u) November 6, 2021
In spite of the money and the fame, Messi remains one of the most grounded and humble men in world football.
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