WATCH: Lionel Messi gifts golden ‘GOATorade’ bottle to first club in recognition of eighth Ballon d’Or win for Inter Miami superstar

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Lionel Messi is now an eight-time Ballon d’Or winner, and to honour that achievement he has gifted a golden ‘GOATorade’ bottle to his first club.

The all-time great, who is a World Cup winner and the most decorated player in history, could never have imagined that he would scale such heights when starting out in humble surroundings at Rosario-based side A.

Grandoli F.C.Having risen to the very top of the world game, becoming football’s GOAT in the process, the Argentine superstar has made a point of recognising the efforts of those that put him on the path to greatness. A one-off ‘G.O.A.T.orade’ bottle has been produced in his honour, which is made from gold and contains soil from A. Grandoli’s pitch.

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Messi has said when offering a nod towards the club that allowed him to start turning dreams into reality: “I fell in love with football when I was four years old playing in my hometown Rosario. Thanks to @Gatorade for bringing all the great memories of my boyhood with this gift.”

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