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Top 10 Barcelona players of all time - #3

Sports Mole's countdown of Barcelona's top 10 players of all time continues with number three - Xavi.

Xavi

Xavi playing for Barcelona© Offside

Appearances: 767
Goals: 85
Trophies: 8x La Liga, 3x Copa del Rey, 6x Supercopa de Espana, 4x Champions League, 2x UEFA Super Cup, 2x FIFA Club World Cup

It speaks volumes for the quality of this list that a player like Xavi - Barcelona's all-time leading appearance maker - only comes in at number three.

A diminutive figure in the middle of the park, Xavi nonetheless exerted a giant influence over matches and few in the history of football have controlled games more effectively than him.

The triumvirate of Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi provided the heart of a team many believe to be the greatest in football history, but Xavi was there before either of the others having made his first-team debut in 1998.

Twenty-four years and 767 first-team matches after initially joining the club as an 11-year-old, Xavi left in 2015 having established himself as one of the greatest midfielders of the modern era.

Silverware unsurprisingly followed, and Xavi ended his time at Camp Nou with a bursting trophy cabinet which includes eight La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona19134253203343
2Atletico MadridAtletico19108127131438
3Sevilla1996431201133
4Real Madrid1910362824433
5AlavesAlaves199552219332
6Getafe197752116528
7Real Betis197572223-126
8Real Sociedad197482322125
9GironaGirona195952123-224
10Espanyol197392127-624
11Valencia1941141717023
12Levante196583035-523
13Athletic Bilbao1941052025-522
14EibarEibar195772128-722
15Leganes195771721-422
16Real Valladolid195771721-422
17Celta Vigo195683132-121
18Rayo Vallecano1954102234-1219
19Villarreal193882025-517
20Huesca1925121736-1911

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