On this day 14 years ago: Messi makes bizarre Argentina debut
- On August 17, 2005; Messi made his first-ever appearance for the Albiceleste in the Hungary friendly.
- He was sensationally sent off just one minute after entering the pitch.
- Curiously, his second-ever red card arrived during the Copa America tournament this summer.
- Still, Messi remains Argentina's top scorer with 68 goals in 136 matches.
Exactly on August 17, 2005, Lionel Messi made his debut appearance for the Argentina first-team. This game didn't go as planned, however.
Messi was sent off just ONE MINUTE after he made his Argentina first-team debut. This game took place at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium and saw the Albiceleste taking against Hungary in the international friendly. Messi appeared in the 64th minute only to be sent off a minute afterwards. There are still debates on whether he actually deserved the red card.
By the way, it took Messi 670 games for both Barcelona and Argentina national team, and nearly 14 years to receive his second-ever red card. This happened on Saturday, July 6, during the 2019 Copa America third-place playoff match between Argentina and Chile. The Albiceleste were leading 2-0 close to the end of the first half when Messi got involved in an altercation with Gary Medel.
Messi's red card and following angry rant targeted at the CONMEBOL officials earned him a three-month international ban. Nevertheless, he remains a true legend for his Argentina team. 14 years after his debut, the iconic No.10 has made 136 appearances for the Albiceleste and scored 68 goals. Messi is currently his side's all-time topscorer. Still, he is yet to deliver an international trophy.