It was the beginning of probably the happiest era that FC Barcelona has ever known. The Messi Era. A before and an after not just in the history of the club, but in the history of football. In the history of sport.
It was 15 years ago today that Leo Messi made his first team debut in a friendly against FC Porto at the Estádio do Dragão.
Frank Rijkaard was the manager and he decided to take a number of players from the U19 team to Portugal, including the young Argentinian about whom so much was being said.
Of course, the rest is history.
The beginning of the remarkable story was 16 November 2003, and this Barça TV documentary (in English) tells it through the eyes of the people that lived that true ‘history in the making’ moment.