18 February 2012

Messi on verge of 200th league appearance

The Argentinian will make it to 200 league games for FCB if he plays against Valencia on Sunday, making him the fifth member of the current squad to do so. Xavi (401), Puyol (359), Valdés (317) and Iniesta (258) have made the most league appearances for Barça in the present squad. In 199 league outings, Leo Messi has scored 142 goals.

On Sunday, Leo Messi will join the circle of players to have made a double century of league appearances in an FC Barcelona shirt. The Argentinian has played every league fixture this season, and will make it to a career total of 200 if Pep Guardiola plays him against Valencia at the Camp Nou (21.30). This will make him the fifth member of Guardiola's team to make it to this particular bicentenary, a ranking currently topped by Xavi, with 401 appearances, followed by Puyol (359), Valdés (317) and Iniesta (258).

Aged just 17 years, Leo Messi made his debut on October 16, 2004 under Frank Rijkaard for a derby at the Olympic Stadium, Montjuïc coming on in the 82nd minute as a replacement for Deco. Eight seasons have passed since then, and in 199 matches, Messi has scored 142 times, an amazing 0.7 goals a game. His highest scoring season was 2009/10, when he got 34 goals in 35 games and won the Pichichi trophy.

This year Messi is scoring goals are regularly as ever, and after 22 games he has been on target 23 times, an average so far of more than a goal a game. (via FCBarcelona.com)

2004/05 7 1
2005/06 17 6
2006/07 26 14
2007/08 28 10
2008/09 31 23
2009/10 35 34
2010/11 33 31
2011/12 22 23
TOTAL 199 142