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03.10.2007 12:06

Xavi surpasses Migueli

Sergi Nogueras

After facing Stuttgart, Xavi has now played more international matches than any other player in the history of the club. With 86 games under his belt, the midfielder has now beaten the previous record set by Migueli.

The legendary Migueli played the last of his 85 European matches almost two decades ago. Xavi has now made more appearances, and aged just 27 is likely to have plenty more opportunities to extend that total. However, it has to be admitted that in Migueli’s pre-Champions League era, clubs were guaranteed considerably fewer European Cup fixtures each season.

In 4 competitions

Xavi.jpgThese 86 games have been in four different competitions. Most, 70, were in the Champions League, followed by 13 in the UEFA Cup, 1 in the European Clubs Cup and 2 in the Clubs World Cup. Xavi has scored three times in those matches, twice in the Champions League and once in the UEFA Cup.

In nine years

Equip.jpgHis first continental appearance came in a Champions League match in 1998, when he featured in that remarkable 3-3 draw with eventual champions Manchester at Old Trafford. Xavi came on in the second half as a replacement for Giovanni.
Xavi surpasses Migueli
Puyol also coming close
Carles Puyol could well overtake Migueli’s record this season too depending on how far Barça go in the competition and whether or not he is picked to play. The club captain has 81 international matches behind him. What’s more, Tuesday’s game with Stuttgart was Puyol’s 35th official encounter in a Barça shirt.

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