Messi Matches Xavi Appearance Record For Barcelona

The Argentine remains as important as ever to the Catalan giants and is preparing to re-write the history books once again

Lionel Messi stands on the brink of another notable record at Barcelona, with the Argentine icon matching Xavi’s haul of 505 La Liga appearances for the club.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner was named in Ronald Koeman’s starting XI for a meeting with Alaves on Saturday, a game in which he scored twice in a 5-1 win.

That outing has taken him level with a former team-mate when it comes to league outings for the Blaugrana, with it possible that the history books will be re-written against Cadiz on February 21.

An all-time great is now up to 759 appearances for the Liga giants across all competitions.

He is fast closing in on Xavi’s record tally in that department, with another product of the famed La Masia academy taking in 767 games during his time at Camp Nou.

Messi will be expecting to pass that mark this season, with the South American continuing to see records tumble around him.