This May 1, Messi celebrated 15 years since his first goal with the first team, and his former team-mates remembered that special moment
Leo Messi's talent has no ceiling.This May 1 is 15 years since his first goal with Barça's first team.Through FC Barcelona's Instagram, we have spoken with four of his former team-mates: Gio van Bronckhorst, Albertini, Giuly and Belletti, all of whom were present in the team when Messi scored on that fateful night.Here are some of the statements from the interview:
The goal against Albacete
Gio: "For us we were proud, because we saw him enter the dressing room embarrassed and shy, but when we saw him play and train we knew that he was a special talent, one that you only see once in your life.It made him and us happy"
Albertini: "I can't forget the play.We all went to hug him because it was an incredible goal.He was very young but he already had the personality he has now"
Giuly: "The game was incredible for us and for him, because we were helping him score his first goal;we were like his big brothers"
Belletti: "It was a moment that taught him that he could do whatever he wanted because he had a team that was going to help him.We helped Messi to be the best"
A young Argentine
Gio: "When he was 16/17 years old in first team training it was incredible.We wondered who he was"
Albertini: "From the first day I saw his talent.On the first day I met him I didn't know him, but I soon would"
Giuly: "Leo wasn't just another player on the pitch, but away from it he was shy, quiet, he watched and listened a lot.He wasn't afraid of anyone, and with the ball he produced many good things for the team"
Belletti: "His shyness wasn't seen on the pitch"
Gio: "He's the best"
Albertini: "Messi is the best in the world;He is a poet who is writing the history of football not only with his feet, but also with his head.He's in a class of his own"
Giuly: "Something that I have never seen.I didn't think he would maintain such a high level for 15 years"