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Barcelona star Xavi breaks Champions League record

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In Wednesday night's Champions League quarter-final second leg tie between Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain, Barca midfielder Xavi completed a remarkable 100 per cent of his 96 passes - setting a new Champions League record.

According to the Daily Mail, Xavi's performance surpassed Javier Zanetti's previous record of 100% from 72 passes for Inter Milan against Tottenham Hotspur back in 2010.

Although Barcelona struggled to overcome their opponents - drawing 1-1 to progress on away goals after the tie finished 3-3 on aggregate - it was Xavi who produced a truly memorable performance by executing all of his passes successfully.

Although he wasn't the first to keep a 100% record when passing to a team-mate, no one has ever kept such a high percentage from so many passes and Xavi surpassed the previous record by 24. 

The 33 year-old tops a list that also includes Emmanuel Eboue in third place and, surprisingly, John Terry in eighth place for his 100% passing record from 47 passes for Chelsea against Werder Bremen back in 2008.

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo lies in fifth place with his 50 passes against Manchester City this season, while Sergio Ramos is joined by former greats Lilian Thuram and Ivan Helguera as one of the stand-out names to also make the list.

To break the record in a game of such importance - the quarter-final stage of the Champions League is a testament to the calibre of player Xavi is. If it was ever debated before, records now show that Xavi truly is the pass master of European football.

 

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