Ronald Koeman has described Lionel Messi as “the most important man in the history” of Barcelona.
Messi etched himself another note in the record books when joining Xavi at the top of Barcelona’s all-time list of appearance makers.
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He marked his 767th appearance for the club with two goals in the 4-1 win over Huesca to ramp up the pressure on Atletico Madrid in the title race.
After a slow start to the season, Barcelona are picking up momentum and after inspiring the side to victory, coach Koeman lavished praise on the Argentina superstar.
“I think Messi has shown that he is the best,” Koeman said. “The first goal was fantastic. He deserves to be important for this team.
“I don’t know what else to say about Leo. The level he has been at for so many years, so many games.
“He has equalled Xavi and in principle he will surpass him on Sunday.
“He is the most important man in the history of this club. Luckily he is still with us.”