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Lionel Messi's new partner in crime: How Robert Taylor went from England's 10th tier to Inter Miami star

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Throughout his illustrious career, Lionel Messi has had some iconic partners in crime. Ronaldinho was his mentor, the player that introduced him to the world. Xavi and Andres Iniesta were his table-setters, while Luis Suarez and Neymar helped him form arguably the best attack this sport has ever seen. And we couldn't go on without mentioning Rodrigo de Paul, his famous bodyguard that helped him carry Argentina to a World Cup trophy.

However, none of those famous sidekicks are quite like Robert Taylor. You see, Taylor is Messi's new partner in crime at Inter Miami, and it's safe to say that he's the most unlikely one yet.

Taylor didn't come into Messi's life with an elite pedigree or with a multi-million dollar transfer fee attached to his name. No, around a decade ago he was playing in the 10th tier of English soccer. That's a long way from Camp Nou.

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Now, all these years later, he's Messi's new go-to team-mate. The Finland star has four goals and four assists in his last five games, making him the biggest beneficiary of the Argentine's arrival in the Miami team. The 28-year-old star had been an unfamiliar face for the bulk of his career, but now, with a helping hand from Messi, he's emerging as a star.

To get an idea of how much Taylor's life has changed, just look at his Instagram. His photo commemorating I his arrival at Inter Miami received just over 2,000 likes. The photo commemorating his first link-up with Messi? Well, that has over 200,000.

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But who is Taylor and why does he fit so well with Messi? GOAL takes a look...

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