We look back at the more than 300 goals scored by the Argentinian star since his Barça first team debut on November 16, 2003
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Ten years on, Messi recalls: “I’d fought hard to make that moment happen and it was really special”.
The Argentinean remembers the experience on the Barça TV programme Porta 104,
This Saturday marks the tenth anniversary of Leo Messi’s debut with the Barça first team, when he played in a friendly in Portugal against Porto. The Barça TV programme Porta 104 has produced a special report called ‘El dia que va debutar el 10’, which features Messi’s own memories of the game: “ 16th November 2003 is a very important date for me, because that’s when I was able to make my childhood dream come true – It was a very happy day for me. I’d fought hard to make that moment happen and it was really special”.
How did he find out?
In the report, Messi explains how he first heard he was to make his debut, when the academy team co-ordinator Josep Colomer brought him the news: “I remember that we were training with the Youth A team and when it finished, Colomer talked to me about a few things and then told me that I would be travelling with the first team. He told me that I should just go and enjoy the game and the experience, but when I came back I should concentrate on the Youth A team”.
Keeping his feet on the ground
Messi’s parents echoed the words of his Youth A team coach Juan Carlos Pérez Rojo when he told them about the upcoming debut: “they said I should enjoy everything I was doing and that there was no reason to make any change – I should just continue in the same way”.
Ten years later, Messi believes that he is still the same person he was when he made that trip to Portugal: “I think that I continue to be the same person . I see things in the same way, though I have grown and learnt how to value things”.
The programme ‘El dia que va debutar el 10’ will be shown on BarçaTV this Thursday at 21.00 and will be repeated at 23.30. On Friday the programme will be repeated at 11.45, 15.30 and 22.45 , on Saturday at 14.45 and 18.45 and on Sunday at 05.15, 11.30 and 22.15.
Here's a look back at the crucial moments in Leo Messi's careers at FC Barcelona. The Argentine just extended his contract with the Club through 2018
Leo Messi, who renewed his contract through 2018, is 25 years old and he’s been with Barça for 13 years. Here's an overview of the 13 key moments in the world’s best player’s career:
- Official debut with the first team (October 16, 2004): Messi’s first match for the senior side was in La Liga in the Catalan derby played at Montjuïc. He was subbed in for Deco.
- His first goal in La Liga (May 1, 2005): Against Albacete, at the Camp Nou, Messi received an assist from Ronaldinho, the Argentine then chipped Valbuena to seal Barça’s 2-0 victory. That year Barça went on to win the first Liga title of the Rijkaard era.
- The Joan Gamper Trophy against Juventus (August 24, 2005): Even though Messi had already shown what he was capable of, his breakout match was against Capello’s Juventus in the Joan Gamper Trophy. The Argentine was simply unstoppable.
- 19-year-old Messi nets hat trick against Real Madrid (March 10, 2007): His first hat trick with the first team was against Real Madrid in the Clásico at the Camp Nou. His third goal came in the last minute of the match, his three goals secured a point for his team, who were down a man.
- Maradona-like goal against Getafe (April 18, 2007): In the semi-finals of the Cup, Messi scored a goal for the history books: he received the ball in the center of the pitch and left every defender, plus the keeper, in his wake before he fired to the back of the net. The goal is nearly identical to the one Maradona scored in the 1986 World Cup against England.
- Treble in Rome (May 27, 2009): The Argentine scored a header against Manchester United in Rome and secured the Champions League title for FC Barcelona and, at the same time, secured the Club's first ever treble: Cup, League, Champions League.
- First Ballon d’Or (December 1, 2009): After finishing third in 2007 and second in 2008, France Football named Leo Messi the best footballer of the year in 2009.
- Match-winning goal scored with his ‘heart’; Club World Cup title (December 1, 2009): Barça went on to win the only title that hadn’t graced the Catalan Club’s trophy cabinet in December of 2009. In Abu Dhabi, Barça defeated Estudiantes de La Plata in overtime thanks to a goal scored by Leo Messi. Barça went on to lift its sixth trophy in a year after the game, that team is affectionately known as the Barça of the Six Cups.
-Decisive goal in Wembley (May 28, 2011): The final of the Champions League against Manchester United was one of the most brilliant of the Pep Guardiola era. Messi scored the go-ahead goal (2-1) in the second half and the Blaugrana would go on to win the title (3-1).
- Highest goalscorer in the history of the Club (March 20, 2012): Against Granada, at the Camp Nou, Leo Messi became the highest goalscorer in the history of the Club in official matches. He broke the previous record of 232 goals set by César Rodríguez.
- 50 goals in La Liga in one season and second Golden Boot Award (May 12, 2012): The 2011/12 season ends with a jaw-dropping 50-goal tally for Messi. The Argentine, thanks to his 50 goals in the domestic competition, wins his second Golden Boot Award.
- Messi breaks Müller’s record (December 22, 2012): The Argentine scored 91 goals in 2012 and smashes Gerd Müller’s record of 85 goals scored in a calendar year (1972).
- Fourth consecutive Ballon d’Or (January 7, 2013): Messi becomes the first footballer ever to win the Ballon d’Or four times. In addition, all four awards were won consecutively.
The four-time Ballon d'Or will be a FC Barcelona player through June 30 of 2018
This afternoon Leo Messi extended his contract with FC Barcelona through June 30 of 2018. The signing ceremony was attended by the player, President Sandro Rosell, Vice-President Josep Maria Bartomeu and the Director of Football Andoni Zubizarreta.
Blaugrana until he’s 31
Messi added two additional years to his existing contract, which was set to expire in June of 2016. The player, who joined the Club when he was 13 years old and made his first-team debut three years later, will be 31 when his contract expires.
“I want to continue playing football for Barça”
After he signed his contract with Barça, the Argentine forward declared: “I’m very happy at Barcelona, I’ve always said that. It’s a fantastic day ... I don’t know how I’ll be when I’m 31. I take it one day at a time and I want to continue playing football for Barça”
What he is sure about, however, is that the only European club he’ll ever play for is FC Barcelona. “I said it before, in Europe I’d like to end my career at Barça. I wouldn’t consider moving to another European club. With that said, I’m not ruling out the possibility of ending my playing career in Argentina.”
The match against Getafe
Messi also talked about this Sunday’s match against Getafe, which is scheduled to kick off at noon: “I don’t think it will by any different to play at 12.00. We’ve all done it when we were with the youth teams. Besides, we all train at noon - we’re used to it.”
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On November 1, Messi became the youngest players to score 200
goals in official competitions. He was just 24
Leo Messi is the youngest player ever to each 200 official goals. He did that on November 1, 2011 against Viktoria Pilsen (0-4) in the Champions League group stages. He was only 24 years old at the time.
The Argentinian star is, from his hat-trick against Granada (5-3), the top scorer in club history with 253 goals scored
When the Argentinian scored a hat trick against Granada on March 20, 2012 (5-3), he became the highest goalscorer in the history of the Club, with 253 goals in 329 first team matches for FCB. He thus broke the long-lasting record set by César Rodríguez (232 goals).
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