A star is born in the Gamper
The first Joan Gamper trophy appearance of Leo Messi did not leave anyone in any doubts that he was going to be a special player for Barça. The Argentine attacker gave a mesmeric performance and with 10 minutes to go, he got his first big standing ovation at the Camp Nou. The Juventus defence was overwhelmed trying to keep track of Messi and the Italians' manager Fabio Capello would single out the youngster for praise. After 90 minutes, the blaugranas claimed victory in the penalty shootout in what is now remembered as the first of many great Messi Gamper performances.