Xavi breaks record for Champions League appearances


Move over, Raul.

Barcelona midfielder Xavi has broken Real Madrid legend Raul’s record for Champions League appearances, playing in his 143rd match today as his side fell to PSG 2-1.

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Former Manchester United great Ryan Giggs has played in 151 Champions League matches, but ten of those were in qualifying. That gives Xavi the most number of games played in the group stage onward.

Xavi, who has made nearly 500 appearances for Barcelona, is one of the most successful players in club history. With seven La Liga and three Champions League trophies to go with his 2010 World Cup title, Xavi has won more silverware than any other player in Spanish football history.

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After being the heart and soul of the Barca midfield for over 15 years, Xavi has seen his playing time decrease this year as Ivan Rakitic has played himself into a starting role.

While Xavi has the record for now, he may not hold it for too long. Iker Casillas currently sits two appearances behind Xavi, with 141 for Real Madrid. That means this year’s runs for Barcelona and Madrid could determine the most capped Champions League player of all-time.