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December, 14
First Contract
Contract on a paper napkin
On 14 December, few months after Messi’s trial, an ultimatum was issued for Barcelona to prove their commitment. First team director Carles Rexach didn't have any paper nearby, but his urgency to sign Messi made him write the contract on a paper napkin.
October, 16
First Appearance
First appearance in an official match

After being called up to the senior team, Messi made his first appearance in an official match on October 16, 2004, against Espanyol in La Liga, coming on in the 82' minute.

May, 1
First Goal
First Goal

Messi scored his first goal on May 1, 2005, against Albacete, assisted by Ronaldinho, becoming the youngest ever goalscorer for the club at that time.

July, 2
Youth Championship
FIFA World Youth Championship

Messi led Argentina to trophy in the 2005 FIFA Youth Championship. Before the final, Messi was awarded the Golden Ball as the tournament's best player.

He scored twice in the final against Nigeria (2-1) winning the championship for Argentina and finishing the tournament as the top scorer with 6 goals.

August, 17
Argentina Debut
National Team Debut

Messi made his first-team international debut in August 2005, during a friendly game against Hungary. Messi was sent off just one minute after he entered the field. There are still debates on whether he actually deserved the red card.

November, 2
First UCL Goal
First Champions League Goal
On November 2, 2005, Lionel Messi scored his first Champions League goal at the age of 18, against the Greek team Panathinaikos in a 5-0 win at Camp Nou.
March, 10
First Hat-trick
First Hat-trick
On March 10, in El Clasico against Real Madrid, Messi scored his first hat-trick in a 3-3 draw, even though Barcelona had 10 players. Messi became the first player to score a hat-trick in El Clasico, since Ivan Zamorano (for Real Madrid in the 94–95 season).
August, 23
Olympic Games
Gold Medal at Olympic Games 2008
Following a 3-0 semifinal win over Brazil, Messi assisted on the only goal in the final as Argentina defeated Nigeria to win the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
December, 1
Ballon d'Or nr1
First Ballon d'Or
At the age of 22, Messi won his first Ballon d'Or and FIFA Award for Best Player of the Year, both awards with the largest voting margin in the history of each trophy at that time.
Season 2009/10
First Golden Shoe
First Golden Shoe
Messi won his first Golden Shoe as the top scorer of season 2009/10 with 34 goals. He helped Barcelona win La Liga trophy for the second year in a row, with just one loss (by Atletico Madrid 2-1).
Year 2012
Record Breaker
A Record Breaking Year

Messi ended the season as the top scorer in Spain and Europe with 50 goals, a record in La Liga, while his 73 goals in all competitions surpassed 67 goals from Gerd Muller in the 1972-73 Bundesliga season, making Messi the best scorer in European football history in a single season.

At the end of the year, Messi had a record of 91 goals in all competitions with Barcelona and Argentina, surpassing Gerd Muller's 85 goals in 1972 for Bayern Munich and Germany.

March, 16
Barcelona's Top Scorer
Barcelona's All-time Top Scorer

On March 16 in the 7-0 win over Osasuna for the league, Messi scored a hat-trick and reached a total of 371 goals in all competitions (including friendlies) with Barcelona, surpassing the record of 369 goals Paulino Alcantara held for many years.

Alcantara played with Barcelona between 1912-1927 scoring 142 goals in official and 227 in friendly games.

Messi broke the record by scoring 344 in official games and 27 in friendlies.

July, 13
World Cup Final
Fifa World Cup 2014

Substitute Mario Götze scored in the 113th minute and Germany won the game 1-0 to win the Fifa World Cup. At the conclusion of the final, Messi was awarded the Golden Ball as the tournament's best player.

November, 23
La Liga Top Scorer
La Liga Top Scorer
Messi scored a hat-trick against Sevilla on November 22 which made him the top scorer in La Liga after surpassing the 59-year record of 251 goals held by Telmo Zarra.
July, 21
Argentina's Top Scorer
Top Scorer With National Team

At Copa America 2016, in the quarter-final against Venezuela, Messi performed another great performance by assisting two goals and scoring another in a 4-1 victory, which made it equal to the 54-goal record held by Gabriel Batistuta.

That record was broken three days later, when Messi scored a free-kick in a 4-0 win against USA in semifinals.

April, 23
500 goals with Barcelona
500 Goals with Barcelona

On April 23, Messi scored twice in a 3-2 win over Real Madrid in Santiago Bernabeu. The goal he scored in overtime and gave Barcelona the win was the 500th goal with Barcelona in all competitions, celebrating it in a special way by showing the jersey to the fans of the stadium.

December, 2
6th Ballon d'Or
6th Ballon d'Or
Leo Messi won for the sixth time the Ballon d'Or, a record in the history of competition, beating top contenders Van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo to lift the most prestigious individual football trophy. Messi scored 50 goals and assisted 18 times in 59 games.
December, 22
Goals Record
Best Goalscorer with a Single Club

Lionel Messi broke the Brazilian legend's goal record, scoring his 644th goal in all competitions for Barcelona, ​​making him the top scorer with a single club.

Pele scored 643 with Santos in his native country, a record that stood for 46 years until Messi broke it in the 0-3 victory over Real Valladolid.

August, 10
PSG Transfer
The Transfer that Shocked the World

After joining Barcelona at age 13 and 35 trophies won, Messi completed a free transfer at French club Paris Saint-Germain, following the expiration of his contract at Barcelona.

Messi will wear the No 30 shirt for PSG, which was the number he wore on his Barcelona debut in 2003.