Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi inspired the Spanish champions to an impressive 5-1 win over Lyon in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League at the Camp Nou.
Daily Mail however reports that the victory over the Ligue 1 side marked the attacker’s 476th in a Barcelona shirt, equaling the club record held by Xavi.
In his 15-year reign at the club, the Argentina international has faced 85 different oppositions and has been on the winning side against 84 of those at one time or another.
The only team which has avoided defeat against a Lionel Messi led side was UDA Gramenet, who now play in the Segunda Catalana division. Gramenet, a Segunda Division B side caused an upset after beating Barca 1-0 in their Copa Del Rey clash in 2005, a match which Messi started. And since then, Messi is yet to come against them in any competition to avenge his side’s defeat 14 years ago.
By beating Lyon on Wednesday, Messi also equalled Xavi’s record of 476 wins with Barcelona in much quicker time, doing it in 673 games with a win ratio of 71 per cent in comparison to the Spaniard’s 767 matches.