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Lionel Messi set a new club record for La Liga appearances, Barcelona superstar mother Ronaldinho is dead

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Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi will set a new club record for La Liga appearances if he plays against Cadiz this weekend.

The Argentina international is currently on 505 league games for the Catalan giants, level with club legend Xavi Hernandez, ahead of Cadiz’s visit to the Camp Nou, as per reports from Diario AS.

Messi could potentially be rested from the starting line up with La Blaugrana facing a hectic run of games in the coming weeks, but the 33-year old is almost certain to see some action.

A 506th league appearance for Messi would take him clear of Xavi and Athletic Bilbao midfielder Raul Garcia, with the trio currently tied in 9th place on the all time appearance list.

He will go one behind Real Madrid‘s Sergio Ramos (507) if he plays tomorrow, and with the Spaniard out injured, he could end the season with more games than him.

Real Betis star Joaquin is the highest appearance maker still playing in La Liga, with 567 games spread across two spells at the Estadio Benito Villamarin, as well as time at Valencia and Malaga.

Barcelona superstar Ronaldinho

The mother of former Barcelona superstar Ronaldinho has reportedly passed away after testing positive for Covid-19 at the end of 2020.

Dona Miguelina, aged 71, was hospitalised after testing positive for the virus in December, in their home city of Porto Alegre.

However, as per media rumours from outlets in Brazil and Peru, she has sadly passed away in the last few hours, according to reports from Peruvian national TV station America.

Ronaldinho returned to Brazil in 2011, after three years at AC Milan, before spells at four different clubs back in South America.

The 40-year old made 207 appearances in all competitions for La Blaugrana, following his 2003 move from Paris Saint-Germain, after playing a starring role in Brazil’s 2002 World Cup win, and he won two La Liga titles and one Champions League in Catalonia.

He has experienced a headline grabbing last 12 months, after spending time in Paraguayan prison on charges of with entering the country on a fake passport, before publicly declaring his controversial support for Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro.

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