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Frank Rijkaard handed Lionel Messi his first debut twelve years ago

With a reunion with former coach Pep Guardiola around the corner

, Messi's return from injury on Saturday against Deportivo, which coincided with his debut anniversary, is a reminder of all that has been achieved together, and all that is yet to come.Frank Rijkaard handed Lionel Messi his first debut in LaLiga twelve years ago against city-rivals Espanyol, and since then the Argentine has led Barcelona inthe most successful era in club history.Only 17 when substituted into his first professional LaLiga match, Messi came in for Deco in the 82 minute, quick to forge a relationship with Ronaldinho. Since then, Barcelona have won eight of a possible 12 league titles and an unprecedented sextuple, as the No. 1 averaged 0.9 goals a game.


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