Xavi Hernandez applauds the fans following his record-setting appearance (Getty Image)
Though he may no longer be a starter for Barcelona, Xavi is still around breaking records.
The 34-year-old midfielder, who’s won the Champions League three times with Barcelona, came on as a second-half substitute in Barca’s 3-2 loss at PSG on Tuesday, marking his 143rd appearance in the Champions League. That broke the tie for the all-time record, which he shared with fellow Spaniard Raul.
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Breathing down Xavi’s neck is Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas, who has made 140 appearances to date and is in line for his 141st on Wednesday. Make sure to keep an eye on those two, and the record, as the Champions League continues.
Xavi in a 2004 Champions League match vs Celtic. (Reuters)