Watch: Young Messi dominates for Barcelona ‘B’

Barcelona's Lionel Messi, right,. (Manu Fernandez/AP)

Lionel Messi was always tipped to be a world-beater, especially as a teenager in the Barcelona youth system. However, now everyone can witness Messi when he was a star in the making.

Barcelona recently released match footage from the Catalan derby involving Barcelona “B”, the club’s reserve squad, against eternal rival Espanyol.

Messi scored and assisted in a 2-0 win in Sept. 2004 as a 17-year-old.

Approximately one month later, Messi made his debut with the Barcelona first team against–coincidentally enough–Espanyol.

Now, more than a decade later, Messi is a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, and has won 26 different trophies with Barca.

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