Lionel Messi scored twice as he tied Xavi Hernandez’s record of most appearances for Barcelona on Monday, putting the side within four points of the La Liga lead after beating last-placed Huesca 4-1.
For his 767th match, Messi was honoured by Barca with a large image behind one of the goals showing him embracing Xavi as the players looked forward and pointed upward. The banner included the words “767 matches” and “touching the sky.”
“It’s incredible,” Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman said. “His impact on this team is enormous. It’s amazing what he has done for this club up until now.”
Antoine Griezmann and Oscar Mingueza also scored at the Camp Nou Stadium as the Catalan club won its fourth straight league match to increase the pressure on leader Atletico Madrid.
Atletico, seeking its first league title since 2014, had a comfortable lead until recently, having won only two…