Lionel Messi—the world’s greatest footballer—turns 26 years old today, which is kind of hard to believe considering it feels like he has been dominating the game forever. The former prodigy who debuted for the Barcelona senior team at the tender age of 17 rapidly rose to his status as one of the most recognized athletes in the world. He has made even the most talented of opponents look foolish with his incredible foot skills and dazzling finishing ability. Messi has set numerous records along the way, and by the time he's done he surely will have added countless others. While much is known about the Argentinian star, some of the more incredible facts about his life and career go largely overlooked. Here are 26 Things You Didn't Know About Lionel Messi.