October 16, 2004. The day the genie was let out of the bottle – or dugout, depending on which Lionel Messi you liked.

Little did we know that 16 years before today, Barcelona was shouting slogans for a narrow win over cross-town rivals Espanyol, we were witness to a late replacement that would change the course of football forever.

After hurling the game’s only goal, Deco was left for just minutes by Barca coach Frank Rijkaard and replaced the 17-year-old Academy graduate.

That 82nd minute substitution marked a change of guard as Messi entered the field Blaugrana Stripes of Barca long ago.

Appearing to be a success with some 733 successes, the Argentine superstars are still at the top, though many terrible events, changes and power shifts have occurred since then.

Barcelona records

Messi has broken countless records over the years, but the first big one came in March 2012 when he scored a hat-trick against Grenada to become Barcelona’s all-time top goal scorer at just 24 years old.

His first goal of the evening saw him level a draw at 232 goals for the club in Cesar Rodríguez (a star in the 1940s and 50s) before a second and a third saw him in the history books forever and More inspired.

On a personal level, Messi has since gone on to distort the nature of success, scoring 635 goals, registering 279, winning 10 La Leia titles, six Copa del Reyes, four Champions League and six Ballon d’Ors , Countless other accolades.

Spanish dominance

On the international scene, the latter was dominated by a single nation in 2000 and early 2010, with Spain’s extraordinary golden generation winning two consecutive European championships, and then a World Cup in between.

While Messi shared a club pitch with many La rosaAll the winning sides – Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol, etc. – were left to watch him in jealousy as Argentina repeatedly failed to deliver.

New Champions League Superpower

Messi began at the end of the 2004–05 season, with a City City team finishing eighth in the Premier League, beating Paul Bosveldt, John Machen and Danny Mills, 43 points behind winner Chelsea.

After several years and a couple of takeovers, Citi recorded their rise to the top table in 2012 with Serpio Aguero’s final last-hanse, the Premier League title-winning goal in the 94th minute.

Champions League glory may have sidelined them so far, but City have driven the Pekingese order by spending more than a billion pounds on iconic football and expensive players, while as one of the largest corporate entities in world football I have made my place in it.

PSG, meanwhile, washed up in ninth place at Lynch 1 in season 1, which Messi made his debut for Barca. At the time, the patchwork squad of Parisians favored Paulette, Jerome Rothen and Mario Weeps as the biggest star signatures.

Then a Gulf state came in and changed all that and in 2017, a free-spending PSG was responsible for setting a truly huge new world transfer record, when they dropped Neymar from Barcelona to € 222 Million paid.

Taunting the transfer market to arbitrary tariffs is also probably non-essential, as the likes of Qian Maleppé (€ 180m), Osman Dembélé (€ 105m), and Philippe Coutinho (€ 160m) were also transferred. At extremely high prices.

Things seem to have settled somewhat, but the fact of the matter is that some big European clubs are still set to fork out £ 40m-50m on the back-up center-half and nothing about it Think

Goodbye to ferguson and wenger

One of the most successful and influential dynasties in football ended in 2013 when Sir Alex Ferguson brought his 26-year tenure to the end as manager of Manchester United.

Fergie won 38 trophies during his time at Old Trafford. United have won three of the four managers they have served since – an FA Cup, an EFL Cup and the Europa League.

One of the Premier League’s most prevalent and significant managerial reigns came to a close even in 2018, when Arsene Wenger finally moved away from Arsenal after nearly 22 years – three times since winning the Premier League and the FA Cup on a record seven occasions. .

International offset

It was at the 2014 World Cup that football proved that it was still a truly shocking result at the very highest level.

We’re definitely talking about Brazil’s 7–1 defeat – at home – to Germany, a game that well and truly shatters the fading face Selecao And went on to establish Joachim Low’s elegant team as the new top dogs.

It is worth noting that Messi helped Argentina pull to the finals that year (the best showing they ever managed in a tournament with Messi on the field Albicelete The hearts were broken deep in extra time by Mario Götze’s big toe. Messi also won the Golden Ball for the best player in the tournament.

flying fox

Speaking of upsets, the 2015–16 season provided a turning point for books that are highly reliable to date.

However, we did come back and check the tapes and we can confirm that Leicester City actually won the Premier League titles over Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Man City and Manchester United.

Leicester City. 5,000–1 to win the title. And they only did it and did it.

Portugal crowned Europe’s best

Messi no doubt felt a knot in the pit of his stomach as Cristiano Ronaldo, his eternal nemesis, emerged victorious with Portugal at Euro 2016 – Messi never managed to replicate in the Copa America.

The pair have been regularly pitted against each other in a rivalry that has come to define and divide elite football over the past decade or so.

Messi vs. Ronaldo. In Barca v Real Madrid, an endless succession of records broke and broke again, the award piled high.

Of course, it is repeatedly tempted that the pair have in fact maintained a very cordial and mutually respectful relationship, but where is the fun in this?