Lionel Messi is poised to make his 500th appearance for Barcelona when the La Liga resumes Wednesday night with Real Betis visiting at the Nou Camp.
Messi has scored 424 goals, won La Liga seven times and the Champions League four times during his Barcelona career and has won 26 pieces of silverware with the Catalan club and they are in a good position to add to that tally in the coming months.
Barcelona currently sit top of the league with a game in hand over second-placed Atletico Madrid and will also be confident of beating Arsenal in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Cup glory could also come their way with Espanyol still to play in the Spanish cup with the last-16 clash coming up in early January.
The Spanish league takes a break over the winter, but Messi has kept that winning feeling going by scooping the ‘Best Player of the Year’ award at the Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai.
La Liga giants Barcelona, who won a historic treble last season, were also named ‘Best Club of the Year’, while chief Josep Maria Bartomeu was awarded the ‘Best President of the Year’ accolade.