Messi, 33, moved previous former teammate Xavi in Sunday’s 1-1 draw by which the Argentine scored a first-half penalty. Messi’s strike in opposition to relegation-threatened Cadiz additionally prolonged his La Liga report of scoring in opposition to essentially the most totally different opponents to 38.
The Argentina ahead can be closing in on Xavi’s membership report in all competitions. The previous midfielder, now the coach of Al-Sadd in Qatar, made 767 appearances for Barca earlier than leaving in 2015.
Messi performed his 761st recreation for the Blaugrana within the league recreation in opposition to Cadiz and is on observe to surpass ex-teammate Xavi in March.
Nonetheless, Messi remains to be a good distance in need of the looks report in La Liga. Goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta leads the best way with 622 appearances within the Primera Division throughout spells with Athletic Bilbao, Barcelona and Valencia earlier than retiring in 1998.
The Barca captain is a good distance out in entrance because the league’s high scorer, although. He has scored 459 occasions, with Cristiano Ronaldo second with 311 targets.
Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester Metropolis are the favourites to signal him if he does depart, though the Premier League membership denied studies this week they’ve already provided him a contract.
Messi has been free to talk with different golf equipment since Jan. 1, when he moved into the ultimate six months of his phrases.