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Barcelona Coach calls Messi most important man in the history of this club

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman lauded Lionel Messi, terming him the “most important man in the history of this club” after the Argentine achieved yet another milestone by equalling Xavi’s club record of 767 appearances in a Barca shirt.
Messi touched the figure when he stepped out to play the La Liga game against Huesca. The Argentine made the moment more special as he netted twice in the match, powering Barcelona to a 4-1 win.
“I think Messi has shown that he is the best. The first goal was fantastic. He deserves to be important for this team,” Goal.com quoted Koeman as saying.
“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,” he added.
On 5 January 2011, Xavi had made his 550th appearance in a Barca shirt, taking Migueli’s (549) record before setting a new high of 767 matches. Sooner or later, however, that record would be Messi’s.
During the match against Huesca, Messi scored the opening goal in the 13th minute, before Antoine Griezmann doubled the lead in the 35th minute. Huesca managed to pull one back with the help of Rafa Mir’s strike.
However, Oscar Mingueza’s goal in the 53rd minute restored Barcelona’s two-goal lead. Messi then netted a goal in the 90th minute, sealing the final scoreline of 4-1.
Barcelona will next play against Real Sociedad on March 22.
Report by Chetali S M
Reported on – 16/03/2021

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