Elbows, own-goals and no-shows: The top 10 spectacular debuts

August sees many a player play his first game – but few beginnings are as explosive as these 10, as Louis Massarella explains...

1) Don’t cry for the Flea, Argentina

“It wasn’t the way I dreamed it would be.” No s***, Lionel. Messi exited the international stage just 47 seconds after making his senior bow in 2005. The 18-year-old substitute was shown the red card for allegedly elbowing Vilmos Vanczak after the Hungarian defender had tugged the Flea’s shirt. Little is known of what’s happened to the Argentine, except that he’s never been sent off since. He must have disappeared into obscurity. 

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