8 Facts About Xavi

1. Andres Iniesta and Xavi had the attacking midfield positions locked down and even though Arteta was cut from the same cloth, given his La Masia upbringing, it wasn't enough to see him given a chance.

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2. In November 2014, Xavi appeared in FIFA's "11 against Ebola" campaign with a selection of top football players from around the world, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Gareth Bale and Didier Drogba.

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3. On 25 April 2015, Xavi made his 500th La Liga appearance, becoming the eighth player in history to do so.

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4. In June 2014, it was announced that Xavi would be leaving the club.

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5. On 16 January 2014, Xavi made his 700th appearance for the first team against Getafe in the Copa del Rey.

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6. In the Champions League, Xavi scored a valuable goal against Arsenal during a home match in the UEFA Champions League that saw Barcelona progress to the quarter-finals with an assist by teammate David Villa.

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7. On 9 June 2010, Xavi signed a new four-year contract with the club, which may be automatically renewed up to 30 June 2016 based on number of games played.

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8. Born in Terrassa, Barcelona, Catalonia, Xavi is a product of FC Barcelona's La Masia youth system, which he joined at the age of 11.

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