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Messi would excel in the youth and B teams before making his first team debut against Barca's city rivals Espanyol.
His first goal would follow against Albacete at the age of 17 years, 10 months and seven days, making him the club's youngest ever Liga scorer.
Messi's presence at Barcelona grew, so much so that the club decided they did not need to keep the likes of Ronaldinho and Deco in 2008.
(The Flea) goal against Getafe in the 2007 Copa del Rey had to be seen to be believed.
He ran from the half way line, beating every player who came across his path before rounding the goalkeeper.