15 years ago today, Lionel Messi made his debut for FC Barcelona and football has never been the same since.
The fresh-faced teenager wore the unfamiliar number 30 jersey when he replaced Portuguese star Deco on that day in 2004 as a 17-year-old. He graduated to the number 19 jersey, when he would score his first El Clasico hat-trick as a 19-year-old, and then settle into the iconic number 10 shirt that might not ever adorn a player quite like him again.
Messi has achieved some stunning feats in his career, both as an individual and as the jewel in Barcelona's crown. He's dazzled audiences around the world with his unique, often unstoppable ability. He's directly contributed to 949 goals (672 goals & 277 assists) goals in 828 games for club and country, and he's still only 32.
His rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo is the stuff of legends and has elevated elite football to new heights and we're all enjoying the ride.
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