Messi remembers key moments of his career: Derby vs Espanyol
The Argentine great sat down to talk to FourFourTwo and remember the most iconic moments from his illustrious career. He starts out by remembering his first Catalan derby at the dawn of his incredible career.
Espanyol 0-1 Barcelona, La Liga, October 16, 2004
"I came on as a substitute for Deco against our local rivals Espanyol back in 2004. I was definitely a little nervous as I was about to come onto the field for my debut. It was a very important moment for me, something I’d desperately wanted for a long time, and I was maybe a bit impatient!
"I already had the confidence of working with the coach, Frank Rijkaard, and all of the players. I’d been training with the staff and the team. That helped me to settle into the first team a little easier. It was a very special day for me – it was the dream I had always been hoping would eventually come true, although it feels like such a long time ago now."