Sunday, 26 January 2014

Xavi Hernandez - 700 Appearances for FC Barcelona

Tonight at Camp Nou, Barcelona will celebrate the 700th appearance of the great Xavi Hernandez.

Xavi came through La Masia, which is the Barcelona youth academy at the age of 11. He made his first team debut against RCD Mallorca on the 18th August 1998 and tonight see's Xavi make his 700th appearance for Barca.

Xavi has scored 82 goals and made more than 180 assists for 50 players. Xavi is also the first player in FC Barcelona history to play over 150 international matches.

Xavi's honours list is expansive. He won the U-20 World Cup for Spain in 1999, and the Olympic Silver medal at the 2000 Olympics. Since he made his senior debut for Spain Xavi Hernandez has been capped more than 130 times. In 2010 he won the World Cup with Spain as well as both Euro 2008 and 2012, in 2008 Xavi was named by UEFA as the player of the tournament.

Xavi has won more trophies in his career so far than any other Spanish player in history.

Tonight will see Xavi make his historical 700th appearance over shadowing former Barca great Miguelito and current team mate Carlos Puyol.

It's a double celebration for Xavi this week, as he also celebrated his 34th birthday.

In my opinion Xavi is one of the greatest if not the greatest midfielder of all time. His club and international records speak for themselves and his game is a pleasure to watch.

I only wish that tonight I was in Catalunya and the Camp Nou to watch and celebrate this great achievement and watch the greatest team on earth.


*Photos sourced via FC Barcelona Facebook page*

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