Whilst Lionel Messi‘s future at Barcelona is up in the air, there are no such questions about his legacy with the Blaugrana, and the Argentine is set to further enhance his legend with the Catalan club on Monday by equalling Xavi Hernandez‘s record of 767 club appearances.
Xavi had been the player with the most Barcelona appearances in history, but Messi will equal and soon overtake that benchmark set by the former Spain midfielder.
Given the fact Los Cules have a number of LaLiga Santander matches left, as well as the Copa del Rey final, it’s quite conceivable that the Argentine will push far beyond Xavi in the appearances category, even if he does then leave in the summer.
It will be another record for Messi, as he has the most goals scored in Barcelona history, the most match wins and also the most trophies.
“It is a great honour that the best player in history is surpassing my records,” Xavi explained.
Barcelona can think themselves fortunate to have been able to watch Messi and Xavi in the same team for just shy of 11 seasons.
Messi made his debut on October 16, 2004 against Espanyol, whilst Xavi was an established first-team player at that juncture.
Although, the Xavi seen on that date in 2004 was not the Xavi that would leave the Camp Nou for Qatar a decade later.
Messi made Xavi better and vice versa, and this culminated in the famous 2011/12 season, where Barcelona won four trophies in a calendar year.
Xavi and Messi were at their peak and the Argentine took home the Ballon d’Or award, scoring 73 goals in one calendar year.