Lionel Messi is set to equal Xavi Hernandez’s record for the most appearances for the Catalan club when he steps out for his side against Huesca at Camp Nou on Monday.
take to the pitch on Monday evening againstHuesca
's all-time appearance total of 767 matches for the club.
Barcelona legend Xavi admits he is delighted to see Messi match his historic appearance record at the club and hopes the Argentine icon stays ‘many more seasons’ at Camp Nou.
Speaking withMundo Deportivo
, Xavi said of Messi matching his appearance haul
: “You could see that Leo would end up surpassing me.
“If he did not leave Barca it was clear that he would add many more games and he is still young to continue playing, he has a lot of football left, so he can play many more games. It had to be Leo.
“It is fair that the best player in history is the one who has played in the Barca shirt the most times. It is an honor that the best player in the world, and for me in history, is the one who surpasses me.
“Leo is like that, he's insurmountable, you can't compete with him because he always wins.”
Messi’s future at Barcelona is still in doubt as his current contract expires in the summer and he is widely expected to continue his career in another club.
Xavi added on Messi’s future
: “I hope he can add many more games as a Barca player and leave a historic figure, I hope that he will be at Barca for many more seasons.”