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Messi beats Xavi’s record with 506th Barcelona appearance

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The captain tops yet another list


Lionel Messi added another record to his collection on Sunday by overtaking Xavi and making his 506th La Liga appearance for Barcelona.

The captain now holds the record for the most appearances in Spain’s top flight for the Catalan giants and is another Messi record that will take some beating.

Messi wasn’t the only Barca player hitting a major milestone on Sunday. Sergio Busquets also started the game and become just the fourth Barca player to reach 400 La Liga appearances.

Both Messi and Busquets started the match as coach Ronald Koeman opted to keep faith with the same team that suffered a 4-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

Barca headed into the match on the back of seven straight wins in La Liga and with the chance to cut the gap to league leaders Atletico Madrid to six points after the Rojiblancos were beaten 2-0 by Levante on Saturday.