Xavier “Xavi” Hernández i Creus became the most successful player in Spanish football history last night with Futbol Club Barcelona’s Supercopa de España win against Atlético de Madrid at the Camp Nou, breaking a longstanding record of trophy wins for one player.
Francisco “Paco” Gento López held the previous record with 24 trophies, won with Real Madrid and Spain during the 1950’s and 60’s, including 6 European Cups with Madrid and one European Championship with Spain.
Xavi equalled that record with his 7th league title last season and has now gone into the record books this evening with his 25th title.
His trophy haul is as follows:
1 FIFA World Cup
2 UEFA European Football Championship
2 FIFA Club World Cup
3 UEFA Champions League
2 UEFA Super Cups
7 La Liga
2 Copa del Rey
6 Supercopa de España
Not to mention a FIFA World Youth Championship medal in 1999 and an Olympic Silver Medal in 2000, which aren’t included in the trophy total.
Xavi, born in Terrassa in the Barcelona province, has been attached to Barcelona since the age of 11 and is one of the many graduates from F.C. Barcelona’s famed la Masía youth academy to have been at the club for his entire career.
Early on in his professional career Xaxi was linked with a move to AC Milan, but chose to stay and fight for his place in the Catalan side with the man who would eventually become his club coach and aid his trophy quest, Pep Guardiola.
His Father, an Andalusian, was a player for Sabadell in the first division, so football is in his blood and he has always been proud to wear the colours of both his club and country.
He is considered by many as Spain’s greatest player of all time, so it is quite fitting that he has now become their record trophy winner. Who is to say he won’t extend his record in the remaining years of his career.