Raúl García has signed his contract extension with Athletic and will continue to fight with Leo Messi and Sergio Ramos in the list of players with the most matches played in La Liga. The difference between the player of the Basque team and the other two is only one game.

Raúl García, after extending his contract with Athletic Club for a season plus one optional depending on his performance, has ensured that he will remain alongside Leo Messi and Sergio Ramos in the fight to reach the podium of the players who have most played in La Liga.

The Basque are currently 10th in this historic ranking with a total of 506 games, one less than the 507 in La Liga, both Messi and Ramos. This ranking is dominated by Andoni Zubizarreta (622), Betis player Joaquín Sánchez (568), still active, and Raúl (550).

“I’m looking forward to this and it’s one of my challenges. It’s something complicated, there are a lot of players in this league, and not just for years, but to be able to be performance, to compete. And the day I retire, we’ll see where I am, “said Raúl García on Wednesday after concluding the continuation of his stay with Athletic.

In the 14 days that remain until the end of the current league, the Bilbao team striker, Argentina star and Real Madrid central defender will have the opportunity to climb slightly in the ranking of the most games. disputed by passing the 7th, Iker Casillas (510).

It is only from next season that the three, in the event that Messi and Ramos remain in La Liga, can continue to accumulate steps to successively reach the 6th, Manolo Sanchís (523), the 5th, Paco Buyo (542), and the 4th, Eusebio Sacristán (543).

In the case of the Basque, to approach Raúl’s figures, he will have to play around 33 matches next season, which he reached in his first five seasons in Bilbao and which, a few months before his 35 years on July 11, , is also on track to sign this course.