Sergio Busquets Sets New Record for El Clasico Appearances
Sergio Busquets has broken Lionel Messi’s record for the most appearances in El Clasico, the highly anticipated fixture between Barcelona and Real Madrid. The veteran midfielder made his 46th appearance in the match as Barcelona secured a victory over their rivals.
Busquets’ achievement is all the more impressive given that he has been a regular in the fixture since breaking into the first team in 2008 from the youth academy. He has won 22 of the 46 games against Madrid, losing 16 and drawing eight.
Despite never scoring in the clash, Busquets did get the assist for Messi’s iconic goal in the Champions League semi-final tie back in 2011. Busquets laid the ball off for the Argentine, who then ran half the length of the pitch before finishing past Iker Casillas.
The 34-year-old played the full 90 minutes and captained the side during their recent win over Real Madrid. Former Los Blancos star Sergio Ramos also held the record for playing 45 times in the fixture.
Busquets’ record-breaking appearance came in a heated Copa del Rey semi-final, where Eder Militao’s own goal in the 26th minute handed Barcelona the advantage ahead of the second leg at the Nou Camp on April 5.
The Spaniard could add two more appearances to his record before the end of the season, with both clubs also having a league LaLiga to play. However, his record could end at 48 as he is expected to leave Barcelona at the end of the season.
Busquets has been linked with a move to the MLS and Saudi Arabia. Despite his potential departure, he will always be remembered as one of Barcelona’s greatest midfielders and a key player in El Clasico history.
In conclusion, Sergio Busquets has set a new record for El Clasico appearances, surpassing Lionel Messi’s previous record of 45 appearances. The veteran midfielder has been a regular in the fixture since breaking into the first team in 2008 and has won 22 of the 46 games against Real Madrid. Despite never scoring in the clash, Busquets did get the assist for Messi’s iconic goal in the Champions League semi-final tie back in 2011. While his record could end at 48 appearances, Busquets will always be remembered as one of Barcelona’s greatest midfielders and a key player in El Clasico history.