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VIDEO: Barcelona mark Messi debut with footage of La Masia magic

8:52 PM IST 16/10/17
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Barcelona have honoured the 13th anniversary of Lionel Messi's debut with some amazing archive footage of his La Masia days

Barcelona marked the 13th anniversary of Lionel Messi's first-team debut by posting footage on social media of some of his best skills for the academy.

The Argentine appeared for the senior side for the first time on October 16, 2004 in a La Liga win over city rivals Espanyol.

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It was a largely unremarkable outing but it signalled the start of the career of arguably the greatest footballer in history, who has gone on to win 29 major trophies, five Ballons d'Or and become Barca, Argentina and La Liga's record goalscorer.

Of course, Messi had been making waves in La Masia for some time and senior players had reportedly long been calling on head coach Frank Rijkaard to give him a chance before he finally made his debut.

To mark his 13 years with the first team, Barca tweeted footage of Messi's days with the youth teams, which includes interviews with the young man himself as well as a number of rather embarrassing moments for opposition defenders.