Leo Messi’s footballing career started in 1995 at Newell’s Old Boys, where he played until the year 2000.
At the age of 13, Lionel Messi crossed the Atlantic to try his luck in Barcelona, and joined the Under 14s.
Messi made spectacular progress at each of the different age levels, climbing through the ranks. he got to Barça C, followed by Barça B and the first team in record time.
In the 2003-2004 season, when he was still only 16, Messi made his first team debut in a friendly with Porto.
The following championship-winning season, Messi made his first appearance in an official match on October 16, 2004. in Barcelona’s derby win against Espanyol at the Olympic Stadium (0-1).
His breakthrough came in the 2005-06 season, starting with an amazing performance in the Joan Gamper Trophy match against Juventus.
He was also outstanding at the Santiago Bernabéu, in Barcelona’s unforgettable 3-0 win.
After 16 years with the club, Messi’s individual achievements are also unprecedented: six Ballon d’Or awards, six times Champions League top scorer, six times Golden Shoe winner, six times ‘Pichichi’ (top scorer) in La Liga, Ballon d’Or winner at the 2014 World Cup, FIFA World Player of the Year in 2009 and FIFA The Best winner in 2019.