Lionel Messi will make his 500th Liga appearance in Barcelona at a meeting with Huesca on Sunday after returning to Ronald Koeman’s starting lineup.
Messi missed a one-on-one draw with Eibar on Tuesday after being given an extended break on Christmas to care for ankle problems.
However, Koeman confirmed on Saturday that the 33-year-old athlete had trained on December 30th and 31st, and Messi was then Barca’s first for a groundbreaking outing at Estadio El Arcolas. Returned to XI.
Messi’s 500-league appearance in Barca is five times below Xavi’s club record. Xavi also holds the highest appearance record in Blau Grana’s history at 767.
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Xavi’s total, including Sunday’s match, is 17 more than Messi’s current 750 tally.
The record for the most games played in Liga to date is held by former goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarre, with 662 games in Athletic Club, Barca and Valencia.
Barca made an undefeated trip to Huesca in five league games, but drew two of the last three games and played 13 points behind leader Atletico Madrid.
Messi was directly involved in four goals in the only previous league match against Huesca, scoring twice in September 2018 and providing two assists.
– Soccer Sports
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