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After playing a key role in Wolves’ promotion back to the Premier League, the 9-time capped Portuguese international has since played every minute of the impressive league campaign being enjoyed by Nuno Espirito Santo’s men in the English top-flight this season.
Messi, who was just 16-years old at the time and began the season five levels below the first team in Juveniles B, had impressed in a rare chance to play against the first team players and was brought along in the traveling squad. In the 75th minute, Rijkaard brought on Messi to play as a forward, and he created a pair of chances, nearly scoring on a sloppy pitch.