sport news 15 years on from Messi's first Barcelona goal, where are his team-mates?

It is 15 years to the day that arguably football's greatest-ever player scored his first senior goal for Barcelona.

Lionel Messi announced himself at the Nou Camp with a beautiful chipped finish against Albacete on May 1, 2005 and has gone on to have a stunning career for the Spanish giants.

On that day he shared the pitch with Ronaldinho, Carles Puyol and Samuel Eto'o among others, but Sportsmail has found where the rest of his team-mates from that momentous occasion are now.

Lionel Messi celebrates scoring his first senior Barcelona goal on this day in 2005

Lionel Messi celebrates scoring his first senior Barcelona goal on this day in 2005

THE TEAM THAT DAY

Barcelona: Valdes, Belletti, Oleguer, Puyol, Van Bronckhorst, Marquez (Motta 62), Iniesta, Deco, Giuly, Ronaldinho, Eto'o (Messi 88).

Subs not used: Jorquera, Navarro, Sylvinho, Albertini, Lopez.

Goals: Eto'o 66, Messi 90+1

Booked: Puyol, Eto'o, Deco, Motta

Victor Valdes - Goalkeeper

After winning six LaLiga titles and three Champions Leagues, Valdes called time on his Barcelona career in the summer of 2014. When a bad knee injury led to a move to Monaco collapsing, he eventually signed with

After playing back up to David De Gea for the rest of that season, Valdes left the club after a bitter fall out. He signed on loan for Standard Liege and was then let go for nothing and picked up by Middlesbrough on a free.

He failed to replicate the form he had showed at the Nou Camp and was let go in July 2017. Valdes officially retired from football in January 2018. He decided to take up coaching and took the reigns of Barcelona's under-19 side but he was sacked just months later.

After a stunning career, Victor Valdes ended up at Middlesbrough before eventually retiring

After a stunning career, Victor Valdes ended up at Middlesbrough before eventually retiring

Juliano Belletti - Right Back

The Brazilian played for Barcelona for three years before leaving the club in 2007 ahead of Dani Alves' arrival as the club's new first-choice right back 12 months later.

He scored the winner in the 2006 Champions League final against Arsenal and won two league titles before going on to enjoy further success at Chelsea. Belletti is now a club ambassador.

Belletti once recalled how Messi left him red faced during one training session as a youngster. 

'When Messi came out of the B team, Frank Rijkaard put him in with us in an 11 against 11 on a small pitch,' he explained. 

Juliano Belletti is a club ambassador and has told a story of how Messi once embarrassed him

Juliano Belletti is a club ambassador and has told a story of how Messi once embarrassed him

'He was on the substitute team and I was with the starters. Iniesta caught my attention and asked me if I knew him (Messi). I said no and he warned me: "Be careful, eh".

'When he first got on the ball, I thought: "Damn! This kid is cheeky!"

'Then, when I was preparing to approach him and take the ball off him, he'd already gone past me and scored a goal. He ran right through me.'

Oleguer - Centre Back

The defender left the Nou Camp in 2008 and moved to Ajax. He spent three years in Amsterdam, winning the Eredivisie once before calling time on his playing career in 2011.

Now Oleguer is a political activist and campaigns for Catalonia's independence. He also has a degree in economics and is also a published author.

Oleguer, pictured in 2013, is a political activist and campaigns for Catalonia's independence

Oleguer, pictured in 2013, is a political activist and campaigns for Catalonia's independence

Carles Puyol - Centre Back

The curly-haired defender was the embodiment of Barcelona for so many years, winning titles over a 15-year period that made him one of the most successful players to ever play the game.

He stayed at the Nou Camp his whole career, winning six LaLiga titles and the Champions League on three occasions. He also won the World Cup with Spain in 2010 and Euro 2008.

Puyol left the club at the end of the 2013-14 season and is now enjoying his retirement. He has been linked with a sensational return to Barcelona as sporting director in recent months.

Carles Puyol has been heavily linked with a return to Barcelona in the role of sporting director

Carles Puyol has been heavily linked with a return to Barcelona in the role of sporting director

Giovanni van Bronckhorst - Left Back

The Dutchman left Barcelona in 2007 and had another three years as a player with Feyernoord before retiring after the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

He wanted to cut his teeth in management and became assistant manager at the Rotterdam club in 2011. Van Bronckhorst then got the manager's job in 2015 and led Feyernoord to the league title in 2016-17 before leaving the club in the summer of 2019.

The 45-year-old returned to management earlier this year when he was appointed by Chinese Super League side Guangzhou R&F in January.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst returned to management earlier this year with Guangzhou R&F

Giovanni van Bronckhorst returned to management earlier this year with Guangzhou R&F

Rafael Marquez - Defensive midfield

The Mexican was a centre back by trade but could effortlessly slot into the base of the midfield trio to shield the defence and start attacks.

After seven years at the Nou Camp, Marquez left for the MLS and the lights of New York City, signing for the New York Red Bulls in 2010. He spent two years there before playing in his native Mexico for Leon and returning to Europe for a stint with Hellas Verona. 

In December 2015 Marquez returned to Atlas, the club he started his career with, and eventually called time on his playing career in 2018. He took over as sporting director for a year and is now said to be looking for a similar job in Europe. 

Andres Iniesta - Centre Midfield

A stalwart of the Barcelona midfield for 16 years, Iniesta only

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