Messi remembers key moments of his career: Olympics glory
The Argentine great has a very tender spot in heart for his one and only international gold medal.
Nigeria 0-1 Argentina
Olympics, final, August 23, 2008
"I have had a great friendship with Sergio Aguero for a long time. We used to spend lots of time together when we were young, particularly when we were both with the national team, playing FIFA. To be truthful, the trip to Beijing is one of the most beautiful memories in my career.
"The Olympics are very important, not only for the opportunity to win a medal for your country, but also the experience of being able to take part in an amazing global event and live in the Olympic village with athletes from so many different sports.
"It was incredible – a complete tournament for us. Yes, we won the semi-final 3-0 against Brazil – a great team who were also playing well – but we also overcame the Netherlands and Nigeria. Both were very hard games and we had to be at our best to win. We were very confident that we could claim the gold medal. Look at the team we had and the unity among the players. We thought from the start that we could win in Beijing and we were able to do it."