16th NOVEMBER 2003

16 years since the debut of Messi with the first team of Barça

Published:16/11/2019 - 17:30h

Updated:16/11/2019 - 17:30h

16 years ago, Leo Messi participated in a friendly match of the FC Barcelona against the Oporto of José Mourinho. Those were the first steps with the first team of the greater legend of the club

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This Saturday 16 November 2019 fulfil 16 years since Leo Messi, that then was so only a teenager, debuted with the first team of the FC Barcelona. It was in a friendly party against the Port wine, to the that the group trained by Frank Rijkaard attended with a big presence of players of the inferior categories in the announcement.

That day, an extreme youngster Argentinian of so only 16 years gave his first steps in the first Barcelona team in Do Dragao, in front of a Port wine that won 2-0 under the control of José Mourinho. Messi, with the dorsal 14 to the back, went in to the 71 minutes of game in replacement of Fernando Navarro, and in the few minutes that remained on the lawn was about to to mark in more than an occasion.

The FC Barcelona has published in the last hours a report, through his official web page, in which it analyses thoroughly how was the debut of Leo Messi with the first Barcelona team, after several years dazzling already in the inferior categories. Few imagined in what it went to convert the young Argentinian talent, for the time being the best footballer of the world and surely also of the history.

The report 'The day that debuted the 10', of Barça TV, has different testimonies that narrate how lived that 16 November of the year 2003, and that serve to revive in first person how gestó the birth of a world-wide star.

Messi debuted with Rijkaard and exploded with Guardiola

Frank Rijkaard already saw that Leo Messi had something special, and decided to have he in the following friendly of the FC Barcelona, included a Trophy Joan Gamper against the Juventus of Turín in which 'The Flea' dazzled to the same Fabio Capello, the one who wanted to it to him carry yielded. The Barça did not allow it, and after the official debut of Messi against the RCD Espanyol, in the Olímpic, the career of the rosarino was on line ascending.

It was winning increasingly weight in the announcements and alignments of the first team until turning into indisputable headline, first with Rijkaard, and finish to explode to the one hundred by one hundred under the orders of Pep Guardiola in the season 2008-09. All what came afterwards, already know it all.

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