Lionel Messi hails incredible decade with Barcelona

As a 17-year-old, Lionel Messi made his debut for Barcelona ten years ago against city rivals Espanyol in a Catalan derby. Since then, the diminutive Argentine has gone on to create football records once considered impossible.

Lionel Messi hails incredible decade with Barcelona

New Delhi: As a 17-year-old, Lionel Messi made his debut for Barcelona ten years ago against city rivals Espanyol in a Catalan derby. Since then, the diminutive Argentine has gone on to create football records once considered impossible.

On Thursday, the 27-year-old celebrated a decade long association with the Catalan giants. He wrote on his Facebook page, "I want to say thanks to all my family, friends, teammates and FC Barcelona staff for their support in these 10 incredible years."

Regarded as one of the greatest footballers ever, Messi won four Ballon d'Or titles, three Champions League titles, six La Liga titles and hosts of other titles as a Barcelona player, besides creating numerous scoring records.

At the age of 27, he has 249 league goals and two behind the all-time record of 251 by Athletic Bilbao legend Telmo Zarra. And in probability, he will overtake it in next couple or more fixtures, which involves a clash with promoted Eibar at his lair, Camp Nou, followed by the much anticipated El Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu, in two successive match-day weekends.

About his achievements and records, he added that, "I've always enjoyed being on the pitch, wearing these colours, living amazing moments and I'm constantly trying to improve and win more titles with my team. A hug for everyone!"

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