Make that 200 assists for Lionel Messi…
Barcelona moved to fifth place in La Liga with a victory at Huesca on Sunday, with the 33-year-old Argentine soccer star earning a special assist.
Frenkie de Jong scored in the 27th minute for Ronald Koeman‘s side, who are now unbeaten over their last six matches.
Messi provided the assist on de Jong’s goal, giving him 200 for his Blaugrana career.
It was Messi’s 500th appearance for Barcelona in La Liga when he took to the pitch at El Alcoraz for Sunday’s La Liga clash against Huesca.
The captain was back in the starting XI to lead his team out for their first game of 2021 after sitting out the draw against Eibar last time out.
Messi becomes the first non-Spanish player to reach 500 games in La Liga and is now just five behind Xavi’s record of La Liga appearances for Barca.
The Argentina international is also close to moving past Xavi and becoming Barca’s all-time appearance maker.
Xavi played in a total of 767 games for Barcelona, while Messi is now on 750.
Former goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta holds the record for the most La Liga appearances. He managed 622 during a career which saw him play for Athletic, Barcelona and Valencia.
Barca now have 28 points from 16 matches, one behind fourth-placed Villarreal and 10 behind table-toppers Atletico Madrid, who still have a game in hand.
Huesca sit at the bottom of the table with 12 points after 17 matches.
The Catalans next face Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday, while Huesca will host Real Betis on January 11.