Messi making his debut for Barcelona at the age of 17

Eleven years back today, Portuguese star Deco was substituted while playing for Barcelona, a switch that dispatched the greatest football talent of this era.

A 17-year-old Argentinian by the name of Lionel Messi was his substitution, wearing the No. 30 shirt for the Catalan club against Espanyol.

Lionel Messi 11 years celebration

While it took until May the next year for Messi to score his first goal for the club, he’s had a remarkable effect since, scoring 418 times in all rivalries.

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