Messi made his debut in a friendly in Portugual / PHOTO: FCB ARCHIVE

It’s eleven years since Leo Messi played his first ever game for Barça in a friendly against FC Porto on November 16, 2003. He came on as a 74th minute substitute for Fernando Navarro. Barça, with Luis Enrique in the team that day, lost 2-0.

Youth call-up

On occasion of his 10th anniversary oin the first team a year ago, Barça TV produced a special report called ‘El dia que va debutar el 10’ (The day that the number 10 debuted). Messi explains in it that “I had fought hard for that moment to come, it was very special for me … I remember that we were training with the youth team. When the session was over, Colomer came over and commented on a few things with then added that I’d be travelling with the first team.”

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