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Lionel Messi closing in on Xavi’s record at Barcelona

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The captain will hit a landmark if he features on Saturday

FC Barcelona v Rayo Vallecano de Madrid - La Liga Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Lionel Messi is getting close to surpassing Andres Iniesta in games played in La Liga for Barcelona. The Argentinian star is currently tied with Iniesta at 442 league appearances. Should Messi play as planned against Rayo on Saturday, he would move past Iniesta into second on all time list.

The only man sitting in front of Messi and Iniesta is Xavi Hernandez. The former Barcelona midfielder is currently sitting at 505 La Liga games, 63 more than where Messi and Iniesta sit currently.

Messi has already passed Carles Puyol and Migueli in his quest to be the most played La Liga player in Barcelona’s history. The pure tenacity that has to take place for a player to get in that many games and stay healthy is amazing. A testament to Messi and his trek for the record.