Xavi joined Barcelona aged 11 and has served the club his whole career. He made his first team debut in 1998, a game in which he scored, and it wasn’t long before he was a key player in the Barcelona team.
Xavi has made over 350 league appearances for Barcelona and has a scoring average of one in ten. He is currently chasing Migueli’s appearance record of 548 appearances for Barcelona.
In 2009 Xavi’s brilliant ability was recognised as he came third in the Ballon d’Or award, behind team mate Lionel Messi and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, that achievement marks him down as the third best player in the world.
Xavi made his senior debut in November 2000 against Holland and soon went on to become a first team regular for Spain.
Xavi went to the 2006 World Cup despite carrying an injury and put in a man of the match performance against Ukraine but Spain were knocked out in the Second Round against France.
In Euro 2008 Xavi was a key member of the side that won the tournament and he was voted Player Of The Tournament despite David Villa grabbing many headlines as the tournament’s top scorer. It was Xavi who set up Fernando Torres’ winner in the final against Germany.
Xavi player of tournament odds
Xavi is perhaps the main contender for World Cup Player Of The Tournament Award as he has already been recognised for his performances in a major tournament by winning the Player Of The Tournament award at Euro 2008. He seems to be involved in every phase of play for Spain and is sure to catch many eyes before the tournament is over.
Back Lionel Messi to be the World Cup Golden Boot at 21.00 with Bet365.