Messi celebrated in model, working his now well-known magic in Barcelona’s 6-1 victory over Real Sociedad, as he outmoded the landmark set by former teammate and membership legend Xavi Hernandez, who appeared 767 instances for the membership.
Messi’s eighth help of the season opened proceedings for Barca within the La Liga match towards Sociedad with younger American Sergino Dest the beneficiary.
Messi received on the scoresheet himself within the second half, poking residence Barca’s fourth earlier than linking up in basic style with Jordi Alba to attain his second of the evening late on.
It was the proper birthday present for supervisor Ronald Koeman, although Barca continues to be 4 factors behind leaders Atletico Madrid, who beat Alaves 1-0 due to Luis Suarez’s five hundredth profession aim 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 had been all mainstays in Guardiola’s famous person workforce, whereas the opposite gamers within the high 10 are Migueli, Carles Rexach and Guillermo Amor.