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Lionel Messi’s delicious chip 15 years ago today was the first of an incredible 627 goals scored in Barcelona

It was goal number 1; who knew 626 would follow?

Some might have suspected it, or at least believed it was the beginning of something very special.

Lionel Messi’s first goal for Barcelona came today against Albacete 15 years ago on May 1, 2005.

15 years ago, Lionel Messi scored his first goal in Barcelona; who knew 626 would follow?

15 years ago, Lionel Messi scored his first goal in Barcelona; who knew 626 would follow?

Ronaldinho provided the assist with a nice lob over the Albacete defenders for Messi

Ronaldinho provided the assist with a nice lob over the Albacete defenders for Messi

Ronaldinho provided the assist with a nice lob over the Albacete defenders for Messi

About four and a half minutes remained when Frank Rijkaard Messi gave his last instructions.

He carried 30 on his back and with his bangs in his eyes, he hit palms against sunken Samuel Eto’o, who had already raised Barcelona 1-0 and hit the field.

In those four and a half minutes plus the three that would come along, he gave Camp Nou a taste of what they had in store for the next year and a half.

Raul Valbuena was his first victim – the first goalkeeper to pluck the ball from the back of his net after Messi threw his feet out of Ronaldinho’s pass.

It was actually the second time that he got the ball out of Messi’s net.

Messi had barely come, Ronaldinho weaved into space and crossed his path over the top of the Albacete defense. Messi lobbed Valbuena with left foot, but the flag was raised.

The Brazilian lifted Messi on his back when the Nou Camp witnessed Messi's first Barca goal

The Brazilian lifted Messi on his back when the Nou Camp witnessed Messi's first Barca goal

The Brazilian lifted Messi on his back when the Nou Camp witnessed Messi’s first Barca goal

The keeper patted the 17-year-old’s head as he shook the famous mullet, as if to say nice, tried-and-true son. Moments later, Messi had done it again and this time it was the right side of the last defender.

Between the goal that was not allowed and the goal that stood (and who knows what VAR would have made of the first ‘goal’, Messi looks right when he receives the ball with Ludovic Giuly the player in offside position) is there’s also a run to the left to another perfect pass from Ronaldinho.

This time Messi creates a cross so nearly converted by Andres Iniesta.

Then the goal comes in injury time. Ronaldinho planned to get Messi on the score sheet and plays another lob over Albacete’s line of defense in his protégé’s path. Messi bounces it once, and this time, from further away, sends it over Valbuena and into the net.

Valbuena had been a Real Madrid youth player. After retiring in 2008, he returned to work for the club. He held the ball and still has it signed at home by his teammates from Albacete.

He played well for the minnows that day and it was also a big game in his life. When asked if he could hand over the match ball to the Barcelona Museum in 2015, he said: “I’m waiting for the call!”

Asked if he had been warned about Messi’s pre-game, he added: “I had teammates who had played in the youth leagues of Catalonia and they would say, ‘There is a small child and he will be very good’, and that’s how it was. “

Messi is surrounded by his elated teammates after the first of many goals for Barcelona

Messi is surrounded by his elated teammates after the first of many goals for Barcelona

Messi is surrounded by his elated teammates after the first of many goals for Barcelona

The subsequent Ronaldinho Target Party, with Messi being lifted on his back, would go down in history as one of those who best describes his career. What a pity that they never played games together again. The Brazilian burned out in 2008 when Pep Guardiola showed up.

The Nou Camp also celebrated the goal in style. Now 2-0 for Barcelona was getting closer to the league title – their first in six seasons. It would have been a party anyway, but the fact that Messi had contributed to a title (he has won 10 leagues ever since) made it all the more special.

He was harassed by the entire team after scoring and Rafa Marquez came out of the dugout, head in hands in disbelief, not that Messi had scored because he had seen it so many times in training, but that he had responded to it. excluded target by just replicating it a few minutes later.

“It looks like another gem has been discovered,” local game commentators shouted. They had just seen the first goal from a player who has since averaged 51 goals per season in all competitions.

Local match commentators shouted 'it looks like another gem has been discovered'

Local match commentators shouted 'it looks like another gem has been discovered'

Local match commentators shouted ‘it looks like another gem has been discovered’

Messi quickly earned the trust of manager Frank Rijkaard when he helped Barcelona win La Liga

Messi quickly earned the trust of manager Frank Rijkaard when he helped Barcelona win La Liga

Messi quickly earned the trust of manager Frank Rijkaard when he helped Barcelona win La Liga

Messi’s first non-competitive goal for the club came in a friendly game in 2004. Barcelona beat Palamos 6-0 and Messi scored the fourth.

He played with the B-squad for much of that season and also played in the South American Under-20 in Colombia for Argentina. He would have to wait until the eighth game of the next campaign to get his first full 90 minutes in the league, but Rijkaard’s confidence in him grew to the point that he didn’t wait for the league to be won before he started using him; he used it to win the competition.

Messi also scored his 600th career goal on May 1 last year against Liverpool in the Champions League. But again, there can’t be too many dates in the calendar if he hasn’t scored.

May Day 2005, will never be forgotten. It was when Barcelona started to realize that everything they had been told about Messi, far from being exaggerated, was probably an understatement.

He was 17 years, 10 months and seven days old. The future had arrived. The club’s all-time record scorer was wrong.

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