Messi equals Xavi’s all-time Barcelona record

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Lionel spent his 767th club game and joined former Barca midfielder Xavi at top of the club’s all-time appearance list

Barcelona’s Argentine forward appeared in the starting line-up for La Liga’s 27th tour match against Huesca. The match ended with a score of 4-1 and Barça are now just 4 points behind league leaders Atlético Madrid after 27 games. Lionel Messi became the Man of the Match, setting a couple of records at the same time.

The striker could set a new record for the number of games played for the Catalans on Sunday. The Argentine will do so if he makes his appearance in La Liga Matchday 28 against Real Sociedad. 

Another round of Messi’s skills

The game in which “the magician” scored a double was his 767th for the club in all competitions. It means that he has repeated the record of his former team-mate Xavi.

Xavi Hernández immediately congratulated the player on his Instagram account:

“Congratulations Leo! It is fair that the best player in history is the one who has defended the Barça shirt the most number of times.”

This is how Leo reacted: 

“It’s a great honor to reach this number of games played for FC Barcelona. Thanks to all my teammates who accompanied me over the years, and to my family and friends for always being by my side.”

Messi also achieved another no less impressive record: the Argentinian international has scored 20+ La Liga goals for the 13th consecutive season, the only player to do so in the competition’s history. 

Watch the Barcelona match highlights here:

“Messi has once again proved that he’s the best. Everything he has done is remarkable,”

– said head coach Ronald Koeman after the match.

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  • La Liga is the competition with the most matches, with Messi playing a total of 510 in the Spanish top flight. As for the Champions League, he has played 149 games, while 79 have come in in the Copa del Rey, 20 in the Spanish Super Cup, five in the Club World Cup and four in the European Super Cup.
  • Messi scored 659 goals and made 262 assists for Barcelona in all competitions.
  • He joined the club’s academy in 2000 and made his debut in 2004. Messi won 34 trophies with Barça and won the Ballon d’Or 6 times.
  • The 33-year-old has played in 24 La Liga games this season, scoring 19 goals and providing 6 assists.