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Lionel Messi: It’s an honor to have reached 750 games with Barça

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He is expected to overtake Xavi for most appearances ever for Barcelona

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Lionel Messi spoke out on reaching 750 official games for Barcelona, a milestone that puts him close to overtaking the record set by Xavi for most appearances ever for the Catalan club.

“It’s an honor to have reached this number of matches with the Barça shirt,” the Argentine said.

Xavi has 767 appearances for Barcelona, meaning Messi is poised to overtake him this season.

At the same time, Messi also reached 500 games in La Liga. That puts him just five away from Xavi’s record in the league.

Among his 750 matches are 524 wins, 138 draws, and 88 losses. He’s scored 644 goals in that time, which is not only a club record, but a record for any player scoring for a single club.

Messi debuted in October 2004 at 17 years old. He almost missed out on setting some of these records as he tried to leave the Catalans for the very first time before the start of this season.