On Lionel Messi’s 33rd birthday, we’ve taken a look back through his career so far and picked out his best team-mates—with a twist.

This isn’t just a list of the best 10 he’s played with; it’s a ranking of those he connected with on the pitch, those who formed formidable partnerships and great relationships once the white line was crossed.

David Villa, a player who enjoyed a wildly successful spell with Barcelona and combined with Messi brilliantly, just missed the top 10. That gives an indication of just how strong or entrenched the link must be to crack this list.  Continue reading

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