Messi set to play record-equalling 767th game for Barca

By: AFP      Published: 02:43 AM, 16 Mar, 2021
Messi set to play record-equalling 767th game for Barca
Lionel Messi.–File photo

Lionel Messi is set to equal Xavi Hernandez's record of 767 appearances for Barcelona after he was named in the team to play against Huesca on Monday.

Messi was in the starting line-up for the match at Camp Nou where Barca will look to put further pressure on Atletico Madrid in La Liga's title race. 

Xavi spent 17 years at Barcelona before leaving in 2015 and is now the coach of Al-Sadd in Qatar.

Messi, meanwhile, has been an ever-present in the Barca team since 2004 and is expected to break Xavi's record against Real Sociedad on Sunday.

"It could only be Leo", Xavi told Mundo Deportivo on Monday. 

"It is totally fair that the best player in history is the one who has defended Barca's colours the most times."