If you have ever watched Messi play then you might be wondering how this great talent ended there and why not Barcelona’s arch-rivals Real Madrid. At the time Messi eas signed for Barcelona, he was still living in Rosario, Argentina where he played for Newell’s Old Boys.
Gaggioili threatened to offer Messi to fierce rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona was forced to sign the youngster, who immediately relocated to Spain with his family. His signature for Barcelona was one of the most shocking ones, showing urgency as it was signed on a napkin. According to an article written on the website by Darren Wells on Sunday, November 18, Barcelona’s Technical Secretary Carles Rexach met Messi’s representatives Horacio Gaggioli and Josep Maria Minguella for lunch in a local restaurant.
Upon reaching a deal to sign him to Barcelona, Rexach realised he had no official documents for Messi to sign on, therefore, asked restaurant attendants to provide him with a napkin so the teenage sensation, at the time, could secure his move to the Camp Nou.
The contract signed on a napkin read “In Barcelona, on December 14, 2000, in the presence of Messi. Minguella and Horacio, Carlos Rexach, Technical Secretary of F.C.B. is committed under his responsibility and despite some opinions against signing the player Lionel Messi as long as we maintain the agreed amounts.“
After signing for Barcelona, Messi made his senior football debut at age of 17 in a match against RCD Espanyol On October 16 in 2004 and played for 77 minutes.
Messi, who has scored over 500 goals for the Blaugrana was signed at the age of 13 in 2002. He has gone on to win the Ballon d’Or five times while at Barcelona while guiding them to nine LaLiga titles as well as four Champions League titles.