Lionel Messi made his debut 12 years ago this weekend... and Barcelona superstar has won 29 trophies in his time at the Nou Camp
It was October 16, 2004 when Frank Rijkaard turned to the bench at the Olympic Stadium at Montjuic and told the No 30 he was coming on. The No 30 was Lionel Messi.
There was a wink and a peck on the cheek from the departing Deco. The Portuguese international also flashed a knowing smile: he knew what was about to be unleashed on the world as aged just 17 years and 22 days Messi's sampled his first competitive minutes in a Barcelona shirt.
MESSI'S DEBUT VS ESPANYOL Barcelona: Valdes; Belletti, Marquez, Puyol, Van Bronckhorst; Oleguer, Xavi, Ronaldinho, Deco (Messi 83); Larsson, Eto'o... read more
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