Have passed 16 years since the debut of Lionel Messi at Barcelona, without knowing that he would become one of the best soccer players in history, the one who happened to be the successor of another soccer emblem such as Ronaldinho.
He was 17 years old when he wore the ‘Blaugrana’ jersey in an official duel for the first time.
The man who had the privilege of directing that young man who had magic in his feet and an insatiable hunger for triumph was Frank Rikjaard, who enjoyed the glory of the UEFA Champions League in the 2005/06 season and the two-time championship of LaLiga of Spain in 2005 and 2006.
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It was October 16, 2004: the ‘Culé’ team faced Espanyol de Barcelona In the Catalan Classic, the score was 0-1 in favor with an early goal from Deco and the dutch coach decided to enter the flea’ at minute 82. He didn’t have much time to show what he was capable of.
Little by little he was gaining the confidence of his strategist.
May 1, 2005 arrived, it seemed like a normal day where ‘Barça’ would be measured with Albacete on matchday 34: the Argentinian he entered the 88 ‘and in 3 minutes he opened his scoring quota with a definition worthy of an artist like him when he chipped the ball to Raul Valbuena after a fabulous filtered pass of Ronaldinho.
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Youth begins to take over the market.
Lionel Messi is the only player over 30 years old who is among the most valuable. pic.twitter.com/ecjXBUPOgm
– Sports Nation (@naciondeportes_) September 17, 2020
Since then, the striker who is now 33 years old, has not tired of breaking unimaginable records, starting with the fact of being the all-time top scorer in his squad with 635 annotations in 734 games.
It has 34 titles.
The South American is the player who has won the most times Pichichi Trophy (top scorer of each season of LaLiga): He has obtained it 7 times. He is the one with the most Ballon d’Or in history with 6.
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As if that were not enough, it is the all-time leading scorer in LaLiga de España with 445 points and counting; he is the second highest winner of the domestic competition with 10 trophies. Is he second top scorer in the UEFA Champions League with 115 targets and the third with more ‘Orejonas’ under his belt with 4.
He is the sixth highest historical scorer in the world with 706 goals (including the Argentine National Team).
Those are all just a few of the records he’s set Lionel Messi since his debut with Barcelona 16 years ago. Now, he has to live one of his last seasons as a professional in search of making his legacy bigger before saying goodbye to the courts for good.