Marking Messi’s debut at some iconic stadiums

October 12, 2017

Barcelona and Lionel Messi will play their first match at Atletico Madrid‘s new Estadio Wanda Metropolitano this Saturday evening, with the Argentine forward keen to come away from his first visit with a win.

He has previously earned victory in his debut at many other iconic stadiums, as we remember below.

Camp Nou

LaLiga (24/10/2004): Barcelona 3-0 Osasuna

The teenager had already debuted against Porto in a friendly, but his competitive debut was made in front of Barcelona’s own fans at the biggest stadium in Europe.

With the No.30 shirt, he came on for Ronaldinho in the 71st minute and Barcelona won 3-0.

Estadio Santiago Bernabeu

LaLiga (19/11/2005): Real Madrid 0-3 Barcelona

This was the day that the Bernabeu applauded Ronaldinho, as Barcelona returned home with an impressive 3-0 victory.

Messi started on the right and gave Roberto Carlos nightmares.

Stamford Bridge

Champions League last 16 (22/02/2006): Chelsea 1-2 Barcelona

This was a feisty game as Barcelona took on Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side, but Messi played well and Asier del Horno’s challenge on the Argentine earned the Blues player a red card.


Champions League last 16 (6/03/2007): Liverpool 0-1 Barcelona

Messi also tasted victory the first time he visited Anfield, however Barcelona were knocked out by Rafa Benitez’s side, having lost the first leg 2-1.

Alvaro Arbeloa marked Messi all night long and the Argentine struggled to make much of an impact on the scoreboard.

Estadio Vicente Calderon

LaLiga (20/05/2007): Atletico Madrid 0-6 Barcelona

Messi will hope that his first visit to Atletico’s new home is as enjoyable as his first to their previous one.

As the Blaugrana chased Real Madrid for the 2006/07 LaLiga title, they destroyed Los Rojiblancos 6-0.

Old Trafford

Champions League semi-final (29/04/2008): Man United 1-0 Barcelona

It was a sad trip to England for Barcelona and Messi, as a wonder goal from Paul Scholes sent Cristiano Ronaldo and the Red Devils to the Champions League final.

Allianz Arena

Champions League quarter-final (14/04/2009): Bayern 1-1 Barcelona

This was in Pep Guardiola’s first season in charge at Barcelona and Messi and co. were able to protect their first-leg advantage in Munich in order to progress.

They went on to win that year’s Champions League.

Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

Champions League group stages (16/09/2009): Inter 0-0 Barcelona

There wasn’t too much to remember the first time Messi visited one of Italy’s most famous grounds, as Guardiola’s Barcelona and Mourinho’s Inter played out a goalless draw.

They’d meet again in the final four, with the Italians progressing to the final.

The Emirates

Champions League quarter-final (31/03/2010): Arsenal 2-2 Barcelona

The first time Messi visited Arsenal’s new ground was in 2010, when the teams played out a 2-2 draw.


Champions League final (28/05/2011) Barcelona 3-1 Man United

One of Messi’s most famous nights was also the first night he visited Wembley, the home of English football.

Barcelona met Manchester United in the Champions League final and Messi scored the goal which made it 2-1, with the Catalan club ultimately going on to triumph 3-1.



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