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Two holdovers

Then manager Frank Rijkaard used 14 players against Alavés. Now, more than 10 years later, only two of them are still with FC Barcelona — midfielder Andrés Iniesta and striker Leo Messi. Today, the pair are the team's co-captains.

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A goal scoring streak begins

FC Barcelona striker Henrik Larsson scored the opening goal of the game that day. At the time it was his first goal in over two months. He would go on to score seven more in the next nine matches.

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Goal number five for a future legend

Leo Messi scored his fifth career goal in the match and his third of the season in La Liga, which was Barça's second and final score in the 2–0 victory. Today, over a decade later, Messi has amassed 456 goals with Barça. Who would have guessed it?

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Ronaldinho takes the lead

While defender Carles Puyol was Barça's captain in the 2005/06 season, it was Ronaldinho who was wearing the captain's armband at the final whistle against Alavés. That's because Puyol was replaced by Juliano Belletti in the game's waning minutes. Ronaldinho, anointed the team's on-field leader for the remainder of the match, made a brilliant play on the left side to set up Messi's late goal.

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From player to coach

The former Barça player Mauricio Pellegrino did not play in the game, but was on the bench — for Alavés. He'll be back on the Alavés bench again this Saturday, this time, however, as their manager.

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