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Lionel Messi is proud to reach another milestone with Barcelona

Udhav Arora

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Maintaining an other-worldly direct contribution consistency for over a decade requires any player to be fit in that time-frame and continually a part of the team sheet. Lionel Messi is one of the few players who has achieved both during his time at Barcelona.

Not only is he the top scorer for Barcelona, he is also set to become the club’s leading appearance maker. On Monday night, Messi achieved his 750th cap for the Catalan outfit in all competitions, and 500 appearances in the La Liga.

Messi is just 17 shy of Xavi Hernandez’s record of 767 as the leading appearance maker for the Blaugrana in their history, and five adrift (505 vs 500) of the legendary midfielder as the Barça player with most appearances in the league.

Following his incredible 750th cap, Lionel Messi said, “It is an honour to have reached this number of matches with the Barcelona shirt.”

Not too long ago, achieving this feat would have been hard to accomplish for Messi, who was on the verge of leaving Barcelona in the summer, with Manchester City floating on the horizon of the Argentine. All said and done, if he does not sustain an injury, he looks poised to make both records his own very soon.

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David Beckham confirms Messi has been mentioned in MLS plans

Aaryan Parasnis

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During the presentation of the new Inter Miami kit, club owner and former football superstar David Beckham confirmed that he has big ambitions for his side. The Englishman has been making major headway since he founded the club, who began playing in Major League Soccer (MLS) last season.

The Miami based club unveiled their secondary jersey, named La Palma on Saturday. Beckham, during the ceremony spoke about his plans for the club, stating how important it is to attract the biggest names in football.

The former Real Madrid and Manchester United man addressed rumours about both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He said: “I know that in Miami our fans want to see great stars. Messi and Ronaldo have been mentioned, have been at the top of their game and have been the best for the last 15 years. We want to attract the best players.”

Speaking about the talent he has already managed to attract, Beckham added: “We already have players like Higuaín and Matuidi who already bring shine and glamour, but in the future we want to have the opportunity to bring big name signings.”

Back when Messi asked to leave Barcelona last summer, the Argentine was linked however briefly to a move to the MLS. Inter Miami, being the most possible suitors. However, Messi ended up staying in Spain after a complicated transfer saga.

There is no doubt that with Beckham at the helm, Inter Miami could attract a ton of big names in the future. However, a move to the States would most certainly be a step sideways for Messi, considering he still has years left at the top in Europe.

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