Sergio Busquets closes in on record set by Barcelona legend Xavi

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During this weekend's 0-0 draw with Malaga, midfielder Sergio Busquets reached a milestone for the club by clocking up his 400th appearance in a Barcelona shirt.

Having joined the club's academy in 2005, he made his debut just three years later in 2008 and has since gone on to help lift an impressive 23 trophies during his time there.

And at the age of 28, he still has a lot more football to play and more appearances to make, which is something he claimed he wanted to do as he has an eye on one particular record.

In an interview with the club, Busquets reiterated his desire to match and surpass the appearance record set by club legend Xavi.

Xavi, who departed the Nou Camp for the Middle East back in 2015, is the club's all-time appearance record holder, having turned out 767 times across all competitions.

And furthermore, he's the club's record holder for most appearances in La Liga with 505.

“I hope to have more matches. I hope get higher in the rankings, I think Xavi leads,” Busquets said.

“Xavi’s figure is quite a way away but little by little I hope to get more matches under my belt.”

Given that Xavi was 35 by the time he left, that gives Busquets seven years to make up the remaining 367 games that he needs to match the legendary playmaker.

And seeing as he seems to be central to the plans of every manager that takes control of the club, it would seem that reaching his goal is more than attainable.

However, it seems unlikely that he'll match Xavi in the goalscoring stakes.

Xavi notched up 85 goals for Barca over a 17-season spell. So far Busquets has only found the net 12 times, though he does operate in a different role.

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