Messi breaks another Barca record

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Barcelona captain Lionel Messi broke Xavi Hernandez’s appearance record in La Liga on Sunday as he made his 506th appearance for the club in the Spanish top-flight against Cadiz.

Messi moved past former teammate Xavi in Sunday’s 1-1 draw in which the Argentine scored a first-half penalty.

The 33-year-old is also closing in on Xavi’s club record in all competitions. The former midfielder, now the coach of Al-Sadd in Qatar, made 767 appearances for Barca before leaving in 2015.

The Argentinian played his 761st game for the Blaugrana in the league game against Cadiz and is on track to surpass ex-teammate Xavi in March.

However, Messi is still a long way short of the appearance record in La Liga.

Goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta leads the way with 622 appearances in the Primera Division across spells with Athletic Bilbao, Barcelona and Valencia before retiring in 1998.

Messi sits ninth in the standings, with two active players still ahead of him, too, in the form of Real Betis’ Joaquin Sanchez (567) and Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos (507).

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By Ofhani Munyai

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