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PHOTO: Miguel Ruiz - FCB

Xavi Hernandez is the passing king of the leading European football leagues – England, Italy, Germany, France and Spain – with 1553 completed passes in the opponents' half.  As well as Xavi, the top five in this particular ranking feature Leo Messi (1351 passes), Xabi Alonso (1271), Dani Alves (1215) and Mikel Arteta (1207).  That makes three out of five for Barça.

Not just in the opposing half

However, Xavi Hernandez not only leads the way when it comes to passes in the opposing half.  He also tops the ranking in all completed passes with 2139, the only player to pass the 2000 mark.  As such he's well ahead of Xabi Alonso (1985), Andrea Pirlo (1925), Philipp Lahm (1896) and Mikel Arteta (1804).

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