Was the May 1, 17 years agoperhaps a whole premonition for who would become the best worker in world football. That day, Leo Messi scored his first goal in the Barcelonathe second of that special night at the Camp Nou, an exquisite definition that put the finishing touch to the 2-0 against Albacetefor the 34th date of the Spanish League 2004/05.
The Dutch Frank Rijkaard, coach of the Catalan team at the time, sent to the pitch to Rosario, teenage hair and with 30 on his back, replacing the Cameroonian Samuel Eto’o, when there were just four minutes left before regulation time expired. It was more than enough for La Pulga scored not one but two practically traced goals. The first, annulled for offside; the second, completely legal.
A) Yes, 17 years, 10 months and 7 days oldthat much transformed it into the youngest player to score in the league with the Barça shirta record that Bojan Krkic was going to take away from him in 2007 and that since 2019 belongs to Ansu Fati.
Also a premonition was the sequence of the goal and its subsequent celebration. Ronaldinho assisted with Vaseline right, Messi defined in the same way but with his left footand the Brazilian piggybacked the Argentine to show the 91,174 spectators at the Camp Nou and the millions of viewers around the world who would be the heir to the 10 Blaugrana and the future King of football.
“Ronnie put a great ball on me. Y As I saw that the goalkeeper was far ahead, I placed it above”, Leo described with total naturalness an instant that every kid longs for, as if it were that easy, perhaps another premonition of that day seeing the 671 celebrations that would come later defending the colors of Barcelona.
In that quick post-match interview, the little boy who had the paddock in his blood and had already attached to it the fundamental concepts of La Masía also recognized the patronage of the crack born in Porto Alegre: “Here everyone treats me very well, but it’s true that Ronnie has a special affection for me”.
What represented Lionel Messi for Barcelona
Barcelona began to celebrate with that victory against Albacete a League title that had been elusive for six seasons. It was the first of a stack of 35 trophies won by Messi with the culé shirt. “I spent most of the year working with the team and playing the occasional game, so yes: if we win the championship I will feel like mine”, Leo dared to dream.
Until that moment in which he had his scoring baptism, Messi had seen little action since his debut in the main team, on October 16, 2004 in the derby against Espanyol.. Barely 235 minutes in eight games of the season: six in the League, one in the Copa del Rey and another in the Champions League. Only two as a starter, one of them complete against Shakhtar Donetsk for the highest European competition.
Rijkaard was taking it little by little but each appearance of the Argentine hastened the times until it became impossible to stop the meteoric rise of the boy who had arrived in Barcelona in 2000, when he was 13 years old and needed hormonal treatment for growth.
Carles Rexachas soon as he saw it in a test, he was so amazed that he hastened to improvise a pre-contract on a napkin to assure that diamond in the rough that one day began to write the modern book of records.
It was May 1, 2005: Albacete and its goalkeeper Raúl Valbuena inaugurated the register of victims of this serial goalscorer named Lionel Messi. The rest is history.