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Messi becomes Barcelona player to feature in most Clásicos

The Argentina international previously held the honour with current Al-Saad manager Xavi Hernández but now overtakes the Terrassa man.

Lionel Messi del Barcelona celebra el segundo de sus goles en el partido ante el Eibar.
Alejandro García EFE

Leo Messi continues to break records and create milestones with his appearance in Sunday's match at the Santiago Bernabéu marking his 43rd appearance in a El Clásico contest. The Rosario born player now surpasses the number of appearances made by Xavi Hernández who wore the famous navy and claret stripes during 42 games against Real Madrid.

Only one player surpasses the feat of the Argentine in El Clásico history with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos having made 44 appearances in Clásico clashes with the Seville born surpassing the previously held record of 42 held by former defender Manolo Sanchís last December.

Trailing Sergio Ramos and Messi are Paco Gento, Xavi and Sanchis (42) and further behind Andrés Iniesta on 38 appearances. With their Bernabéu appearance on Sunday, Gerard Piqué and Sergio Busquets move onto 38 games and move ahead of current Real Madrid Castilla manager and a hero to 'Los Blancos' fans, Raúl González who wore the famous white shirt in 37 Clásicos.