There can be many ways or ideologies to compare Xavi Hernandez and Steven Gerrard statistically, but the common thing between them is that both are legends for their respective club and country.
Anfield legend Gerrard has scored 159 goals from 629 matches for Liverpool. He has managed 19 in 102 international displays for England. On the other hand Xavi has scored 80 goals from 677 matches for Barcelona and 12 goals from 126 appearances for Spain.
But scoring cannot be the only indicator of a midfielder's quality.
Xavi’s game is his passing. Last term he exchanged an incredible average 106 passes per game with average accuracy of 94%. Xavi is responsible for making Barca’s passing so good to watch.
Meanwhile, Gerrard did not enjoy a great season as Liverpool finished seventh in the league table. His pass accuracy was 85% but he managed 10 goals.
Xavi has won many titles for club and country, including the World Cup in 2010. But Gerrard was not able achieve the heights for which he was made for.
Xavi finished third in the Ballon d’Or awards on three separate occasions, while Gerrard finished third once. But if we look at the teams they played for, Liverpool are nowhere near Barcelona.
Xavi has always played alongside world-class players like Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Thierry Henry and Ronaldinho at the Nou Camp. But Gerrard has not had that pleasure with Liverpool.
There is no doubt that Gerrard is superior to Xavi when it comes to defence and tackling. Also Gerrard’s ability to score and lift the team at important times is seen nowhere else in the world.
Both players have won the respect for their ability. Currently Xavi is playing better with Barca, but Gerrard’s legendary exploits at Anfield are unforgettable.
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