15 Years Ago Today, Lionel Messi Made His FC Barcelona Debut
15 years today, Lionel Messi made his debut for Barcelona and football has never been the same.
The Argentine genius took to the field for the Blaugrana in a friendly against a Porto side managed by Jose Mourinho, aged 16 years, four months, and 23 days old, on 16 November 2003.
On a pitch that wasn't any better than your average Sunday League surface, Barca lost 2-0 away from home. With around 15 minutes remaining, a young Messi entered the fray as a substitute, wearing the No.14 shirt.
:date: On this day: November 16, 2003- Goal (@goal) November 16, 2018
Lionel Messi makes his Barcelona debut in a friendly with Porto
What ever happened to him? pic.twitter.com/FJBwvSRrxh
On this day in 2003, Lionel Messi made his Barcelona first-team debut-in a friendly against Porto.- B/R Football (@brfootball) November 16, 2018
15 years later, the :goat: is still going :large_blue_circle::red_circle: pic.twitter.com/1wzDREWJDz
15 years ago today a young, waif-like kid by the name of Lionel Messi made his Barcelona debut. Football changed forever :fire: pic.twitter.com/J8b7foHWDu- FOOTY.COM (@footydotcom_) November 16, 2018
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A single training session with the first-team squad led the great Ronaldinho to believe that Messi would surpass him, and it wasn't long before he was fast-tracked into the Blaugrana's star-studded side.
:calendar: On this day in 2003, Lionel Messi made his FC Barcelona first-team debut in a friendly against Porto :goat: pic.twitter.com/ZHJ4i6TqCT- COPA90 (@COPA90) November 16, 2018
16 October 2004 is the date that saw Messi make his official first-team bow. In an away derby against Catalan rivals Espanyol, with 34,400 fans in attendance, the young lad from Rosario came on in the 82nd minute, replacing eventual match-winner Deco and making a bright cameo.
:trophy: 2006 :trophy: 2009 :trophy: 2011 :trophy: 2015- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 16, 2018
On this day in 2004, Lionel Messi made his debut for Barcelona :red_circle::large_blue_circle:
Since then, he has won four Champions League titles :fire:
Here are the Argentine's top 10 goals in the UCL :raised_hands: pic.twitter.com/KTQleDTtDp
It would be fair to say that Messi has done alright for himself hasn't he? Just the five Ballon d'Ors, nine La Liga titles, six Copa Del Reys, four Champions Leagues and 566 goals for Barcelona.
We are blessed to have witness his greatness.
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