Rafa Marquez and Leo Messi played 125 games together in Barcelona (Photo: EFE)
This monday, Lionel Messi Play the number match 767 As a football player Barcelona And in the culé environment, the sensation was a party, with the club’s top star becoming the player with the most official matches in Blaugrana’s history by reaching the record for another slogan that emanated from Masía: Xavi Hernandez.
Among the club’s praise for “Leo” who raised a giant banner during the confrontation against Huesca, Raphael Marquez It had a special look to Mexico, as it was added in a video where the historical references for F.C.B Who shared a dressing room with the Argentine star.
Along with soccer players like Andres IniestaAnd the RonaldinhoAnd the Luis SuarezAnd the Neymar s Deco, Among other things, “Caesar” Michoacan Congratulation Messi To access this number of matches and describe them as outside the series in the world of football:
“Well, Leo, I would like to congratulate you on equalizing the record, along with Xavi, as players of the most games in the history of FC Barcelona.”
FC Barcelona dedicated an emotional video of Messi with club legends to congratulate him on reaching the record for most matches in the history of the Blaugrana. (Video: TwitterFCBarcelonaes)
During the congratulations, you can see pictures of the Mexican defender celebrating some of the 13 goals he scored as a teammate. Messi, Because they were both teammates during six of the seven seasons that Rafa was a footballer for the Catalan team.
Michoacan has arrived, home of Zamora Barcelona In the summer of 2003, when “Leo” was still part of the B team of young players. Although they may have cross paths in more than one mixed training session, Marquis He made his Blaugrana debut nearly a year ago Messi He did so against Espanyol in October 2004.
Both played 125 matches as teammates. More than 7300 minutes at the same time it was Barcelona It became the elite team within European football and under the president’s administration Joan Laporta, Who returned today to the offices Camp Nou To lead his second team was the head of the Blaugrana.
Rafa Marquez s Leo Messi Together they won a total of 11 titles, divided into Four Spanish leaguesAnd the Dos Champions LeagueAnd the King’s CupAnd the Two Spanish Super CupsAnd the clubs World Cup And one European Super Cup. In addition, the World Cup was placed five times in Mexico as the 18th most-featured player alongside Leo, ahead of other legends such as Samuel Eto’o, David Villa, Ronaldinho And him Deco.
Messi has reached 767 official matches as a football player at FC Barcelona and thanked all of his colleagues who took part in his career on social media. (Image: Instagram @leomessi screenshot)
Of the 125 matches they played together, the balance was more than positive for this pair, as they only added 16 defeats in history and 20 draws, so the rest appears. 89 victories for the Blaugrana while on the field.
One of the most striking chapters between the two occurred in a training session, when it came into words Marquis, He argued and himself Pep Guardiola I had to calm down and even rebuke Messi Because there is less hierarchy. In the end it was all just an anecdote, because today they have a good relationship off the field.
After more than 10 years of that confrontation, Messi raised 34 official titles with the Blaugrana club And in their museum they are already hosting it Six golden balls. He is the football player with the most titles in the history of the club, the one who has scored the most goals (661) and he is now the one who has played the most matches, besides Xavi Hernandez.
After arrival Joan Laporta To the blaugrana entity, Messi He could stay in the club because of the good relationship between the president and Raphael Marquez, The two tracks can come together again, because in recent weeks Rafa has been more active for the time being than Barcelona He even declared himself in favor of Laporta on the campaign trail, which ended up winning comfortably.
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Xavi Hernandez spoke about Messi and referred for the first time to Laporta’s victory: “He can solve everything in Barcelona.”