- Lionel Messi is set to play on English soil again as Barcelona face Manchester City on Tuesday evening
- The world's best player has racked up an incredible 89 Champions League goals to add to 319 in La Liga
- After failing to score in his first seven matches in England, Messi has since scored four in five games here
- Sportsmail looks back at the Argentine superstar's 13 seasons as a professional ahead of Tuesday's game
When Lionel Messi first appeared on English soil a little over a decade ago, the nation got its first taste of a player who would go on to prove himself as the world's greatest.
On Tuesday night at Manchester City the opportunity arises again in the latest of 13 seasons of tormenting and terrorising defences in Spain and across the continent.
Pep Guardiola, his former mentor who is now an opponent, ranks the diminutive Argentine as 'almost unplayable' - he certainly proved as much in the reverse fixture, a 4-0 win for Barcelona when City visited a fortnight ago.
MESSI VS ENGLISH CLUBS
Messi has scored four goals in his last five matches on English soil, including one at the Etihad Stadium - which hosts him on Tuesday - two years ago. Before that he had not scored in seven in England, but the 29-year-old almost always leaves a mark.
A first appearance here came in February 2006, away at Chelsea, where his incredible ball control led to the turning of the game when Asier del Horno's rash challenge earned a red card.
By that time there was already talk of his talent following a first senior goal in May 2005 but still few would have predicted the rise which saw Messi hit 91 goals in 69 appearances in the calendar year of 2012 - a record.
Eight La Liga titles, four Champions League wins, four Copa del Reys and five Ballon d'Ors claimed mark him out at the outstanding player of a generation.
Here, Sportsmail looks back at Messi's career year-by-year to see just how much he has changed as an English side prepare to put up the barricades to stop the almost-unstoppable once again.