Xavi Hernández / PHOTO: Arxiu FCB

The match this Sunday wasn’t just a challenge for FC Barcelona, one of Barça's most veteran players, Xavi Hernández, was also on a mission to complete a very important task. The midfielder won his 19th title as a Barça player when the team claimed the Club World Cup crown. Xavi just doesn’t stop collecting titles: six Ligas, three Champions Leagues, one King’s Cup, two European Super Cups, five Spanish Super Cups and two Club World Cups.

Furthermore, Xavi played a brilliant game against Santos, the midfielder assisted Messi in Barça’s first goal and scored the second. His marvelous performance undoubtedly helped Barça win the title.

His personal title tally increases even further if we add the titles he’s won with the Spanish national team: the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 UEFA Euro. To these we must add the Under-20 World Cup and his individual awards, best player of the 2008 UEFA Euro championship, for example.

Xavi Hernández is making history this season. Beyond his extensive list of titles won, against Real Madrid he completed his 600th game as a Barça player, a spectacular personal record. However, Xavi isn’t alone in the title winning department. Messi, Puyol and Iniesta have won 18 titles; under Guardiola, Piqué, Alves, Pinto, Keita, Busquets, Pedro and Abidal have won 13.

Second best player of the tournament

Xavi won the title of second best player of the competition after his great performance against Santos. At the conclusion of the match, he was awarded the tournament’s Silver Ball, a well deserved reward after the hard work he put in during the final in Japan. The Golden Ball was won by Leo Messi and Neymar was awarded the Bronze Ball.

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