- Lionel Messi has been honoured at Barcelona as the player with most appearances
- The Argentine equaled Xavi Hernandez’ 767 appearances when he played against Huesca
- He then set a new record when he featured against Real Sociedad and he has been honoured
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has been honoured at the Spanish club after he equaled Xavi Hernandez’ record with his 767th appearance for the Camp Nou giants.
The Argentine legend also set a new record after he featured against Real Sociedad prior to last night’s match against Valladolid.
Before the start of the game with Real Valladolid at the Camp Nou, the Argentinian was given a special tribute in honour of such a remarkable achievement.
Sergio Busquets, Gerard Piqué and Sergi Roberto, his fellow team captains, presented him with a shirt signed by all of his team-mates. And it was a very special shirt – the one from the 2003/04 season in which Messi made his first team debut.
When the short ceremony was over, he was joined on the pitch by his wife and three children. Quite some family photo.
Also, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner has scored 20 goals for Barcelona this season in the topflight as his side remain second on the League table behind Atletico Madrid.
Messi has scored 660 total goals for Barcelona, putting him 428 clear of second-placed Cesar Rodriguez in the club's goal-scoring record book.
The 33-year-old started his football career on the streets in Argentina before he was taken to Spain where he teamed up with Barcelona academy.
His brilliant performances at the La Masia academy paved ways for him into the first team where he has been since 2003 with incredible records.
Messi and his teammates were recently sent out of the Champions League which means the Catalans will now have to focus only on the League.
Legit.ng earlier reported that for him to sanction Erling Haaland’s transfer to Spanish club Barcelona, agent Mino Raiola has demanded a staggering €20 million (£17 million) from the Catalan giants.
Amid speculation that the Borussia Dortmund striker could potentially move to the La Liga, reports had it that the player’s father and agent were at Barcelona last week.
The 20-year-old is now the most sought-after striker across the European continent following his 49 goals and several assists since arriving from RB Salzburg.
Premier League clubs Manchester United, Manchester City as well as Chelsea are chasing the player who has been tipped to become a great player in future.