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5 Players Who Played the Most Games With Lionel Messi at Barcelona

Arjun Singh Devgan
Sergio Busquets has played the most games with Lionel Messi at Barcelona
Sergio Busquets has played the most games with Lionel Messi at Barcelona / LLUIS GENE/Getty Images
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Barcelona shocked the footballing world last week when they announced they would not be offering star player, Lionel Messi a new deal and that the striker would be leaving the Nou Camp after spending his entire professional career with the Spanish outfit.

The Argentinian leaves the club as the greatest ever player, and here we take a look at the five players who played the most games with him at Barcelona.

1. Sergio Busquets - 567 games

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Sergio Busquets came through the famed La Masia academy at Barcelona and he has established himself as one of the greatest holding midfielders in the history of football.

Hailed by a number of top managers around the world for his skills on the pitch, the Spaniard has so far made 629 appearances for the Catalan giants, of which 567 have come with his good friend, Messi.

2. Gerard Pique - 506 games

Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique
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Another La Masia academy product, Gerard Pique played alongside Messi for the club's youth squads and continued that with the senior squad too - appearing in 506 games with the Argentinian.

The 34-year-old has established himself as a legendary figure in defence and has been touted to become the president of the club in the future.

3. Andres Iniesta - 489 games

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One of the greatest midfielders to grace the sport, Andres Iniesta was a pleasure to watch on the field - with the Spaniard a bonafide matchwinner for both club and country during his top-flight career.

Like the others on this list, he too came through the club's youth academy and had a great understanding with Messi on the field. The 37-year-old spent 16-years with the senior squad and currently plays for Vissel Kobe in Japan.

4. Xavi Hernandez - 399 games

Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez
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Named as the greatest player in Spanish history, Xavi Hernandez was a legendary figure in midfield for both Barcelona and Spain and is the second-highest appearance maker for the Catalan giants.

The 41-year-old enjoyed a telepathic understanding with Messi on the field, and it showed as they enjoyed great success together at the Nou Camp.

5. Victor Valdes - 353 games

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Victor Valdes will go down as one of the most underrated players in Barcelona history, and perhaps does not get the credit he deserves in terms of legendary status.

The 39-year-old enjoyed a successful time at the Nou Camp and played numerous games alongside Messi.

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