Xavi Hernández continues breaking Club records and this Tuesday he became the first Barça player to play in 150 international games. He made his debut on the European stage on September 16th 1998 at Old Trafford and has now gone on to make 129 Champions League appearances, as well as 13 in the UEFA Cup, 3 in the European Super Cup and 5 in the World Club Cup. In those 150 games, he has scored 12 times – 10 in the Champions League and once in the UEFA and World Club Cups.
Xavi is followed by an illustrious list of Barça players, including Puyol, Víctor Valdés, Iniesta, Migueli, Messi, Guardiola, Sergi, Zubizarreta and Cocu and also figures in the top ten European players with most international appearances. Paolo Maldini leads that group with 181 games played, followed by Raúl González, Clarence Seedorf, JavierZanetti and RyanGiggs, legends of European football who Xavi is fast catching up on.
Those 150 games have seen Xavi win three Champions League titles (2005/2006, 2008/09 and 2010/11), two European Super Cups (2009/10 and 2011/12) and two World Club Cups (2009/10 and 2011/12). Seven international titles to add to the seven league titles, two Spanish Cups and five Spanish Super Cups which he possesses and which have made him an outstanding figure in the Club’s history, with 641 appearances in all competitions for the team he has dedicated his career to.