Today marks the 16th anniversary of Leo Messi's debut
The Argentinian played his first official match with Barca on October 16, 2004, in a classic against Espanyol.
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October 16 will always be a magical date for Barca fans. It was in 2004 when Leo Messi made his debut for Barcelona.
It was a league match at the Olympic Stadium in Montjuïc, where Espanyol were playing at home at the time. Eight minutes to go, he stepped out onto the pitch and scored Deco's goal, which scored the only goal of the day.
Much has been said about the brilliant young Argentinian from Team B, but no one could have imagined that this 17-year-old replacement would simply be the greatest footballer of all time.
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After 16 years, the legend has consolidated. In 734 games for the team, he has scored 635 goals, a figure few players have touched on, let alone played at a very high level.
From his first goal against Albacete to the one he scored the other day against Villarreal, we've seen a bit of everything from hat tricks against Real Madrid to his lead in the Champions League final in Rome.
First Mess goal on May 1, 2005 against Albacete
He won 34 major trophies in the most important era Barca have ever seen, and his personal accolades include a record six Ballon d'Or, seven Pichichi and six gold studs, in addition to being the only one footballer to win the title of athlete of the year. Laureus. ...
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And in our time, Messi is a rarity, as he only plays for one club. At FC Barcelona, they presented us with each of their 17 magical seasons. There has never been a player like him, and there may never be one like him again. That's why October 16 will always be a red day on any Cooler calendar.
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