Barcelona and Argentina legend Lionel Messi set another record in his illustrious career during their 2-2 draw with Girona over the weekend, becoming the man to make the most appearances by a non-Spanish player in the league.
The match was Messi' 423rd appearance for the Catalan outfit, with the striker overtaking former club teammate who made 422 appearances in the La Liga during his 14-years in Spain while playing for Sevilla and Barcelona.
The 31-year-old has played for Barcelona his entire career after coming through the famed La Masia academy after moving to the city as a child. Messi has so far scored 388 goals in the league, helping the club win nine league titles and six Copa del Rey's during his 14-years with the senior side.
423 - Lionel Messi will become the Non-Spanish player with the most appearances in La Liga history, surpassing Dani Alves (422). Historic. pic.twitter.com/SAwCmjUM4b— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 23, 2018
The striker was not named in the FIFA shortlist for the Best Player but has not let that affect him as he has started the campaign in the best possible way, scoring eight goals in seven games in all competitions, including five in the league.
The Catalan giants are currently placed on top of the table with 13 points from five games, level with rivals Real Madrid and will next be seen in action when they face Leganes on Wednesday, the 26th of September.