Xavi Hernandez has made history once again. As he took to the pitch of the Parc Des Princes on Tuesday, the illustrious midfielder jumped ahead of Real Madrid’s Raul Gonzalez at the top of the list of players with the most appearances — 143 — in the Champions League proper (excluding qualification rounds).
Xavi is a living part of Blaugrana history. Now into his mind-blowing 17th season as a professional, the Catalan maestro continues to impress teammates and rivals alike despite an obvious decline in fitness after a club record 728 appearances. The 22 collective titles won, including three Champion Leagues and seven La Ligas, are a true testament to the midfielder’s eternal legacy.