One Blaugrana legend is about to see one other equal his all-time look stat for the membership, however summer time exit questions loom massive at Camp Nou
Xavi is delighted to see Lionel Messi match his all-time look document at Barcelona, with the Argentine set for a 767th outing for the Blaugrana on Monday, and hopes that bar will probably be raised greater and the Argentine icon spends “many extra seasons” at Camp Nou.
One other entry to the historical past books is ready to be made by the six-time Ballon d’Or winner earlier than the present marketing campaign involves an in depth, with the one-club man emulating the efforts of an iconic former team-mate.
Questions proceed to be requested of Messi’s ongoing presence in Barcelona nonetheless, as his present contract runs down in direction of the summer time.
What has been mentioned?
Talking with Mundo Deportivo, Xavi mentioned of Messi matching his look haul: “You can see that Leo would find yourself surpassing me.
“If he didn’t depart Barca it was clear that he would add many extra video games and he’s nonetheless younger to proceed taking part in, he has a variety of soccer left, so he can play many extra video games. It needed to be Leo.
“It’s truthful that the very best participant in historical past is the one who has performed within the Barca shirt essentially the most occasions. It’s an honour that the very best participant on this planet, and for me in historical past, is the one who surpasses me.
“Leo is like that, he is insurmountable, you may’t compete with him as a result of he all the time wins.”
Xavi added on Messi’s future: “I hope he can add many extra video games as a Barca participant and depart a historic determine, I hope that he will probably be at Barca for a lot of extra seasons.”
When will Messi make his contract name?
Aim has realized that the 33-year-old will not be making any resolution on his future till the top of the season. Hypothesis continues to rage relating to what his subsequent transfer will probably be, however the one official affirmation will come from him.
Manchester Metropolis and Paris Saint-Germain are amongst these mentioned to be holding an in depth eye on developments at Barca with either side eager on doing a deal, however they’re having to be affected person because the 2020-21 marketing campaign performs out.
Messi’s document at Barcelona
As he reaches one other notable milestone, it’s tough to see anyone getting near the numbers Messi has posted over the course of a fairly outstanding profession.
In his 766 appearances for Barca thus far, a surprising return of 659 targets has been recorded. These efforts have contributed to 10 Liga title triumphs and the gathering of 4 Champions League crowns.
His record-matching look for Barca will come towards Huesca on Monday, earlier than edging away from Xavi when going through Actual Sociedad on Sunday.