The 13-year-old Argentine rocked up at La Masia and would go on to become the greatest player in the club’s history. Perhaps the greatest player in football history.
During 17 seasons in the first-team, Messi scored 672 goals, winning 10 La Liga titles, seven Copa del Reys and four Champions Leagues.
He also set the record for the most Ballon d’Or wins with six.
You don’t need to be a football expert to see just how good Messi is. You simply need to use your eyes.
If you’re not lucky enough to be able to watch Messi on TV regularly, there are various compilation videos online to show his greatest moments.
There are literally thousands upon thousands of Messi videos online.
But one recent compilation has emerged that is going viral – and it’s being called the ‘best Messi video ever.’
It begins with clips of Messi being battered by several opponents with the question ‘How do you stop Messi?’ being posed.
But then it features several managers and players trying to answer that very question accompanied by clips of the superstar producing moments of magic.
Rio Ferdinand, Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte, Thiago Silva, Alex Ferguson, Diego Simeone, Marcelino, Joe Hart, Ashley Cole, Virgil van Dijk, Jurgen Klopp, Mark van Bommel, Erik Lamela, Yaya Toure, Eric Dier, Alessandro Nesta, Arsene Wenger, Manuel Almunia, Pep Guardiola, Jerome Boating, Mauricio Pochettino, Diego Forlan, Hirving Lozano, Harry Kane, Kieran Trippier and Gianluigi Buffon all attempt to answer the question but fail to do so.
Video: ‘How do you stop Lionel Messi?’
If they don’t have the answer, then who does?
Messi really will cement his status as the greatest player in football history if he manages to land his seventh accolade at the end of the year. He’s currently favourite for the award but he’s still awaiting for his Paris Saint-Germain career to really kick start after his move in the summer.