Barcelona’s emblematic midfielder Xavi Hernandez continued to write his name in the history of football by reaching yet another milestone for the Catalan club on Thursday night.
By coming on for Cesc Fabregas during the 2-0 Copa Del Rey win over Getafe at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez, Xavi made his 700th appearance for the club.
Xavi made his debut for the club back on August 18 1998 in a Spanish Super Cup tie against Mallorca, a match in which he also scored. He broke fellow club legend Migueli’s record of 549 appearances in 2011.
In a career that has seen him represent the first team for 15 years, Xavi has amassed a record of 427 wins, 157 draws, and a respectable 116 losses. Personally, he has scored 82 times and provided the team with 161 assists.
He has played under nine different coaches during his time at the club; Louis Van Gaal, Lorenzo Serra Ferrer, Carles Rexach, Tono de la Cruz, Radi Antic, Frank Rijkaard, Pep Guardiola, Tito Vilanova and current coach Tata Martino.
Unsurprisingly, Xavi is also the most decorated and successful player in the club’s history. He has won 22 trophies in his career including; seven La Liga titles, three UEFA Champions League winner’s medals, and two FIFA Club World Cup’s.
Combining his club titles with his two European Championships and FIFA World Cup which he has won with the Spanish national team, Xavi is one of the rare players to have won every trophy the professional game has to offer.
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