Messi celebrated in model, working his now well-known magic in Barcelona’s 6-1 victory over Real Sociedad, as he outdated the landmark set by former teammate and membership legend Xavi Hernandez, who appeared 767 occasions for the membership.
Messi’s eighth help of the season opened proceedings for Barca within the La Liga match in opposition to Sociedad with younger American Sergino Dest the beneficiary.
Messi bought on the scoresheet himself within the second half, poking dwelling Barca’s fourth earlier than linking up in traditional vogue with Jordi Alba to attain his second of the night time late on.
It was the proper birthday reward for supervisor Ronald Koeman, although Barca remains to be 4 factors behind leaders Atletico Madrid, who beat Alaves 1-0 due to Luis Suarez’s five hundredth profession objective and a late Jan Oblak penalty save.
Messi has now made 511 La Liga appearances for Barca, with 149 coming within the Champions League.
Messi, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Carlos Puyol, Gerard Pique and Victor Valdes have been all mainstays in Guardiola’s celebrity crew, whereas the opposite gamers within the high 10 are Migueli, Carles Rexach and Guillermo Amor.