On this day in 2003: Messi made his Barcelona debut

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Lionel Messi (File photo)
Lionel Messi (File photo)

Barcelona [Spain], November 16 (ANI): It was on November 16, 2003, when Lionel Messi, considered as one of the greatest of all time by many, made his debut for Barcelona's first team.

Just 16 years old at the time, Messi made his debut for the club's first team in a friendly against Porto.

Messi made his debut under Frank Rijkaard at the Do Dragao Stadium in a match, which the Catalans lost 2-0. The Argentine wore No.14, and came on in the 71st minute of the match, replacing Fernando Navarro.

Also, Barcelona shared a video of the match on Twitter and wrote: "Once upon a time ... a 16-year-old boy wonder made his Barca debut in a friendly. This was #Messi, #OnThisDay in 2003."

On his way to completing 17 years at the club, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner scripted numerous records. The most recent of all came in last month when the Argentine became the first player in the Champions League to score in 16 consecutive seasons.

Messi had achieved this milestone during Barcelona's 5-1 win over Ferencvaros in the Champions League on October 21.

"Leo #Messi is the first player in @ChampionsLeague history to score in 16 consecutive seasons! #UCL," Barcelona had tweeted.

Barcelona are currently placed on the eighth position on the La Liga table with 11 points from seven games. The team will next take on Atletico Madrid in the league on November 22. (ANI)