- Lionel Messi was in action against Real Sociedad where he grabbed two great goals
- Barcelona defeated Sociedad 6-1 away to keep their title chase alive in the La Liga
- Messi’s appearance in that game saw him surpass Xavi as he sets new record of most appearances
Lionel Messi is now the first man to reach 768 appearances for Catalan club Barcelona as he achieved the feat on Sunday, March 21, helping his side to a 6-1 win over Real Sociedad in the La Liga.
The Catalan giants named the same team that defeated Huesca, with the captain reaching a record appearance for the club surpassing club legend Xavi.
He grabbed a brace in the encounter taking his goal tally to 29 and 13 assists in all competitions so far this campaign - though, his ingenuity couldn't help them avoid crashing out of the UCL at the last-16 stage during the week.
The Argentine superstar recently equalled Xavi's most appearance record for the Catalans with two superb goals and an assist in their 4-1 over Huesca at Camp Nou.
He could however inspire the Blaugrana to the league title as they currently sit second on the table with 62 points - four away from table toppers Atletico Madrid with 10 more games to the end of the season.
The Barcelona captain is now the first player in history to score 20 goals or more for 13 La Liga seasons running.
Meanwhile, Messi might have been handed a tangible reason to extend his stay at Barcelona following the re-assuring speech given by Joan Laporta.
The 58-year-old politician was recently elected as the club's president for the second time this month - taking over from Josep Bartomeu.
While addressing the partly filled Camp Nou audience, Joan recounted how the club made massive success in his first spell owing to their stability and unity.
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He added that one of his major assignments would be to ensure Lionel Messi extends his stay at the club beyond this summer.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Karim Benzema scored a brace as Real Madrid beat Celta Vigo 3-1 away from home.
It took the Frenchman just 20 minutes to open the scoring as he latched onto a Toni Kross pass before placing the ball into the far corner of the net.
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