Messi marks 10th anniversary of Barca first-team debut

Barcelona's Messi celebrates scoring a goal against Ajax during their Champions League soccer match at Camp Nou stadium in BarcelonaSaturday marks the 10th anniversary of Lionel Messi's first-team debut with Barcelona, when the Argentine came on as a 16-year-old substitute during a friendly against Porto in Portugal. "It was a very important moment in my career because I realized a dream that I had had since I was very young," Messi told Barca TV in an interview. "I had fought hard to reach this moment, and it was very special." Barca's Dutch coach Frank Rijkaard brought on Messi for Fernando Navarro in the 75th minute of the inaugural match at the Dragao stadium in 2003, against a Porto side managed by Jose Mourinho. Wearing the number 14 shirt, the floppy-haired youngster showed a few flashes of his talent, but Barca lost the game 2-0.

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