THE SAME AS RYAN GIGGS
Messi is already the fifth player with the most matches played in Champions
Published:25/02/2020 - 21:26h
Updated:25/02/2020 - 21:26h
As expected, Leo Messi has led Barça in his Champions League duel against Napoli. The argentinian is already the fifth player with the most matches played in the entire history of the tournament
The FC Barcelona premièred his eliminatory of eighth of final of Champions League with a visit to the Napoli this Tuesday. The Catalans live a season complicated but do not want to leave carry in the two big championships of the season, since in spite of losing the Supercopa of Spain and the Glass of Rey, still are in good position in LaLiga -are leaders- and in the final stages of the international competition.
With his titularity in Saint Paolo, Leo Messi turns into the fifth player with more parties contested in the history of the tournament, with a total of 141 commitments to his backs. Very far it remains already on 7 December 2004, a distinguished date in which Frank Rijkaard did him debut against the Shakhtar Donetsk. And attending to his own explanations, still will be able to him enjoy during some years more in Europe.
The one of Rosario equalises in this stair to another legend like Ryan Giggs, and codea with other historical referents. If in Saint Paolo reached the register of the Welsh, in the turn of this crossing in the Camp Nou will follow suit with Raúl González White, that left his slat in 142 meetings. Something more Far are Xavi Hernández (151), Cristiano Ronaldo (168), his only competitor in active, and Iker Boxes (177), that for the moment establishes the absolute maximum in this statistics.
The Argentinian has not lost the time since it premièred like a promise until it consolidated like Barcelona captain, and his balance speaks very well of his performance to the highest level. The '10' has aimed 127 titularities, 118 complete parties and has contributed 114 goals and 37 assistances, that have cost him for four titles, six awards at most goleador of the campaign and a sinfín of individual recognitions.
This yes, Messi follows being hungry and has recognised that has a spine nailed with the Champions, that will try to remove before hanging the boots. Defeats like the ones of the Olympic of Rome or Anfield turned into some of the worst nights in all his career, and there is not better way to scare the evils that with more conquests. The best player of the world wants to follow winning, and that is the best news for the Barça.
A special night for Messi in Saint Paolo
The appointment with the Napoli was special by several reasons for Messi, that also visited the one who was house of Diego Armando Maradona. The rosarino has been signalled by many like the sportive heir of the 'lint', and to his semejandas sportive, and to his appreciate mutual, has added the debate on which of the two is the best Argentinian footballer and which is the best in all the history of this sport.