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Messi will surpass Xavi’s records with Barca in 2021

Messi is expected to surpass the two records Xavi holds at Barca in 2021, including playing the most games in La Liga and the most matches with the club.

Xavi Hernandez still holds two records in Barcelona, ​​but the chances of being surpassed by Lionel Messi are increasing and will most likely occur in 2021.

The first record that Messi is most easily broken is the Barca player with the most games in La Liga. He just had his 475 match against Mallorca, only 30 goals away from the legendary midfielder (505). Andoni Zubizarreta has led with 622 matches but only 301 matches with Barca.

If adding 10 games from now to the end of the season, Messi will reach 485 games, but the record above 20 appearances. That is the number that he will easily surpass next season.

Another record is in the hands of the Argentine superstar but it takes longer than the player with the most matches in Barcelona history.

Currently, Messi has played 718 matches so he can finish the season with at least 729 matches (10 in La Liga and 1 in the C1 Cup). He needs 39 more games to surpass Xavi, the leader in history with 767 matches.

If nothing changes, it seems that these two records will be surpassed by Messi in 2021. Before that, the two milestones that he was willing to set as a monopoly on the record for La Liga top scorer (Pichichi) while having 6 like Telmo Zarra and the most goalscorer for a club

Messi now has 628 goals, meaning only need 15 more to overcome Pele (643) with Santos in Brazil. After nearly 5 decades, La Pulga became the player who came very close to changing the owner of this admirable achievement.

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Clattenburg referee revealed the secret about Ronaldo and Messi

Reputable referee Mark Clattenburg revealed secrets about Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in an interview with Mail Sports yesterday.

Mark Clattenburg is considered one of the best referees of his generation. Clattenburg has led many important European and world football matches such as the 2012 Olympic finals, the 2014 European Super Cup finals, the 2015/16 European Cup final, or the Euro 2016 final.

Recently, Mr. Clattenburg shared with Mail Sports about the 5 players who left the deepest impression in his career. Specific lists are Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Vincent Kompany and Gary Speed. In particular, Clattenburg especially praised Ronaldo and Messi.

“What I admire most about Ronaldo is his ability to pull the whole team up when they are down. When I first met Ronaldo on the pitch when he was a young player in the Premier League and then at Real Madrid, he always knew how to shine. At that time, I knew that I was standing on the field with a really special player who could change the game immediately.

“I was very disappointed when he got injured early in the final (Euro 2016) because the game lost a great player. But I have never treated Ronaldo more specifically than the other players and I think that’s why we have a good relationship.

Trọng tài Clattenburg tiết lộ bí mật về Ronaldo và Messi

Ronaldo donated his signed shirt to referee Clattenburg after the Euro 2016 final, although the British “black king” did not ask.

For Messi, the referee Clattenburg was really impressed with the way the Barca striker handled the ball.

“I was very confused when I first stood with Messi on the field, it was Barca vs PSG. At the time, I thought, ‘My God, this is unbelievable”.

When you are an referee, you have a habit of watching the ball move anywhere, anytime. But with Messi, you can lose sight of the ball. So imagine what the defenders look like in the face of Messi.

“I warned Messi in the first match against PSG when he fouled an opponent, but Messi never complained or said anything. He usually never gets into a fight. But as an referee, you want to stand on the pitch with Messi because you know it can be a special match”.

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What brands does Messi receive sponsorship from in his career?

Leo Messi is one of the most attractive sports characters for all brands. He is receiving sponsorship from many world famous brands.

Any sports brand wants Messi’s image, simply because the Argentine star is synonymous with success.

If there’s one sponsor who marks Messi’s career, it’s Adidas. The German brand and Barca striker have been together since 14 years ago (2006).

At that time, Messi just started to emerge in the world of football. It was not until February 2017 that this relationship was further strengthened with both parties signing a lifetime contract until the player born in 1987 plays.

Although contract numbers have not been announced yet, Messi is clearly guaranteed a lot of money thanks to his last signing with Adidas.

When Messi uses Adidas gear, the competition with Cristiano Ronaldo also becomes strained when the Juventus striker is the flagship of rival Nike.

Paradoxically, Messi is playing for Barcelona sponsored by Nike, while Cristiano Ronaldo also used to wear Real Madrid sponsored by Adidas. 

Obviously, Adidas is not the only company that pays Messi to promote. According to the latest announcement from Forbes magazine, the owner of 6 Golden Balls has an agreement with 13 different sponsors.

For example, Huawei is one of the sponsors who contribute the most annually to Messi. The Argentinian striker struck an agreement with the Chinese brand in 2016, while Mengnui Group, a company specializing in dairy products, also sponsored him.

In 2013, Messi became an ambassador for Ooredoo, a multinational company specializing in telecommunications. In the Middle East, he is the global ambassador of the 2016 Dubai Expo2020.

Messi is also the image of the video game brand Konami. In fact, the Argentine star appeared on the cover of eFootball PES 2020.

In early 2018, Messi’s ad for Mastercard filmed for the first time. As for Jacob & Co, a jewelry and wristwatch company, the two sides reached an agreement in early 2019.

Finally, Messi had a deal with Cirque du Soleil and sunglasses brand Hawkers.