- Lionel Messi has been praised by present and past Barcelona players
- They were all happy to see the Argentine equaling Xavi's record at Barcelona
- Messi has been superb for Barcelona since he broke into the team in 2004
Lionel Messi who is the current captain of Spanish giants Barcelona has been praised by the club's present and former players after equaling Xavi's record at the Nou Camp.
The Argentina international made the history during Barcelona's big win over Huesca in which he scored two goals for the Catalans in the encounter.
Encounter against Huesca was Lionel Messi's 767th game for the Spanish side in all competitions which is an incredible achievements for the Argentine.
Messi has won La Liga 10 times and the Champions League on four occasions among 34 trophies since he made his competitive debut as a substitute in a 1-0 away derby win against Espanyol on 16 October 2004.
Messi whose contract expires at the end of this season, will break former Spain midfielder Xavi's record on Sunday if he plays in the league game at Real Sociedad.
Luis Suarez explained that he is happy to have played with Lionel Messi at Barcelona before he moved to Atletico Madrid.
''I think that says a lot about him as a player and what he represent for Barcelona and its been a pleasure and tremendous honour to have played with him.''
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Argentinian goalkeeper Edgar Bardia was stunned when legendary Lionel Messi requested for his shirt in return after Barcelona recorded a 3-0 win over Elche in the La Liga.
Lionel Messi scored a brace and one of which was his trademark goal as Jordi Alba put the cherry on the cake.
The three points mean Barcelona are still in contention for the La Liga title this season as they are just five points behind league leaders Atletico Madrid.
Immediately after the final whistle against Elche, goalkeeper Badia rushed towards Messi to ask for his icon’s jersey.
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