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Ten years of Lionel Messi

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Caravario: Messi and Martino reunite

Argentina Oct 10, 2014
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The best quotes about Lionel Messi's 10 years at Barcelona

Relive some of the most memorable moments from Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi's 10-year career at the Camp Nou.

In celebration the 10th anniversary of Lionel Messi's Barcelona debut, Dermot Corrigan has compiled the best quotes about the Argentinian since his introduction to senior football a decade ago.

1. Barcelona's then-manager, Frank Rijkaard, at a news conference after Messi's La Liga debut, versus Espanyol on October 16, 2004:

"Putting him on was not a prize [for good work in training]. We put him on for his quality and because I saw Deco a little tired. Messi is a lefty, he is a very good dribbler...

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From the smiling, tame adolescent to the relentless record breaker

Leo Messi during his 2004 debut vs. Espanyol

Sudden bursts and stops. Flashes of speed. Effervescence. Determination and brazenness.

The young man posed a powerful threat in an intense game that quickly turned into a classic.

The match was defined by his friend Deco against the likes of Mauricio Pochettino and Maxi Rodríguez, two emblems of Messi's beloved Newell's Old Boys, who today fondly recall that moment 10 years ago. Another Argentine, Hugo Ibarra, was also a member of that Espanyol team.

Ten minutes of adrenaline, eight plus extra...

 By Tim Vickery
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Reviewing the results of CONMEBOL teams since the World Cup

With his comeback from suspension close, Luis Suarez has come to terms with his actions, which saw him sent home from the World Cup in disgrace.

After the FIFA dates of September and October, how have the South American national teams progressed as they warm up for next year's Copa America followed by the 2018 World Cup qualifiers?

ARGENTINA: Won 4-2 away to Germany, lost 2-0 to Brazil and beat Hong Kong 7-0

New coach Gerardo Martino has built on the work of predecessor Alejandro Sabella but has also made a tweak. The base formation remains 4-3-3 (which Sabella's Argentina abandoned in the World Cup due to injuries), but with a difference.

Instead...

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Lionel Messi desperate for Argentina success at 2015 Copa America

ESPN FC's Sid Lowe believes there will be a big celebration for Messi when he celebrates his 10th anniversary at Barcelona this week.

Lionel Messi has targeted success at next year's Copa America, saying it has been too long since Argentina won an international trophy.

Argentina's last success in the Copa America was back in 1993, when Gabriel Batistuta scored twice in a 2-1 final win over Mexico. Their wait for success at the World Cup goes back even further, to 1986, when Diego Maradona inspired the country's last tournament victory.

This means that while Messi won the 2008 Olympics and 2005 Under-20 World Cup with his country,...