Messi matches Barcelona record for most appearances by a foreign player in La Liga

The No. 10 made yet more history on Saturday as he participated in his 205th league game for Barca to equal Phillip Cocu's achievement
Lionel Messi has equalled Barcelona's appearance record in La Liga for an overseas player after matching Phillip Cocu's tally following the 2-0 victory over Mallorca on Saturday.

In the same match, the forward also topped Brazilian Ronaldo's record for scoring the most league goals in a season in a Blaugrana jersey, but now he is on his way to overtaking the former Netherlands midfielder, having matched his appearance haul of 205 in the Spanish top-flight.

Once broken, it will be the second of Cocu's records that the Argentine has bettered, having already overtaken the Dutchman's achievement of being the most-represented foreigner in all competitions with 292 appearances.

Messi's latest feat against Mallorca comes after becoming the club's all-time top scorer, and the first-ever player to score five goals in one Champions League match earlier in March.

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