Argentina superstar Lionel Messi turned 31 on Sunday and the forward was seen training in a happy mood with his national team ahead of their do-or-die fixture against Nigeria.
Ahead of the game though, Leo has been sent loads of birthday greetings wishing him success and happiness for the future from his friends, present and past.
Here is a look at some of the best messages Messi received:
“He’s proved that he’s human,” Walker said of Messi. “Obviously he’s a fantastic player but I’ve played with Luka and he’s just as good, probably one of the best players I’ve played with.”
See what else Walker had to say in the video below.
Modric not only dominated the midfield but also scored a goal to help his side book a place in the knock-out stage of the tournament.
“He’s an incredible player but he can’t be expected to do it all on his own. In football you need help from your team mates – even when you are a great player,” the 32-year old said.
“Leo looks fine to me, but by playing the game we played, that went against him. We closed down spaces and stopped Mascherano and other Argentina players getting the ball to him.
“It was very important for us to do that right at the start of the game and once we found our rhythm with the ball, we started taking control.”