20 April 2012

Xavi set to break record for clásico appearances

Assuming he plays on Saturday, the midfielder will make it to 32 clásicos, beating the record held by Segarra (31) for matches against the old enemy.

Also, Carles Puyol will equalise Migueli’s 13 league appearances against the all-whites at the Camp Nou.

On Saturday, Xavi Hernández could become the Barça player to have made the most appearances against Real Madrid. If he plays his 32nd match against the old enemy, he will beat the 31 achieved by Segarra, a record he levelled when he appeared in the Spanish Supercup last summer.

He played Real Madrid for the first time in 2000 at the Santiago Bernabéu, a game that also featured Pep Guardiola and Carles Puyol. Since then, he has made it to 23 clásicos in the league, which included one goal scored in last year’s famous 5-0 drubbing of Madrid at the Camp Nou. His total of 31 clásicos also includes 3 games in the Copa del Rey, 3 in the Champions League and 2 in the Spanish Supercup.

Although Xavi holds the outright record, he is not the man to have played Real Madrid the most times at the Camp Nou. That honours falls to Migueli, who played 13 home matches against the side from the Spanish capital. But Barcelona captain Carles Puyol stands to equal that record on Saturday. Behind them in the list are César (12), Rifé (11), Asensi (10) and Rexach (10). (via FCBarcelona.com)

More Clasicos (total)

Xavi 31
Segarra 31
Migueli 30
Puyol 29
César 28

More Clasicos (at Camp Nou)

Migueli 25
César 24
Puyol 24
Xavi 23
Rexach 21
Rifé 21
Asensi 19
Zubizarreta 18