FC Barcelona suffers La Liga blow as Messi reaches milestone

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FC Barcelona captain Lionel Messi scored on Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Cadiz. This is his 506th La Liga appearance for the club, which is a new club record. He surpassed former teammate Xavi, who previously held the most number of top flight appearances for the Catalan giants.

Unfortunately, the result meant that they have suffered a setback in the title race, and are firmly still in third place after losing the chance to catch Real Madrid.

Morale at the Camp Nou is low after the team only managed a draw against Cadiz. This match also came after a massive loss against Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League earlier last week.

Nevertheless, it was a momentous night for Messi, who found himself on the scoreboard following a penalty brought about by a foul on Pedri inside the box. Unfortunately for them, it was not enough to secure three points as Alex Fernandez also got his chance from the spot in the closing minute.

Barcelona had been enjoying a seven-match winning streak in La Liga prior to this, and it had gotten them up to third place. They had been languishing mid-table for the earlier part of the season, but found a resurgence in the new year.