Thursday, April 11, 2013
Xavi makes history by completing 96 passes out of 96
It wasn't a perfect team performance from Barcelona, but Xavi enjoyed a remarkable evening, completing a staggering 100 per cent of his 96 passes in the match with Paris St Germain.
The Catalan giants were made to sweat on their place in the Champions League semi-finals, they went behind after 50 minutes and only secured safe passage into the next round on away goals courtesy of Pedro's 71st-minute strike.
Many will point to the introduction of talisman Lionel Messi midway through the second-half as the key to the club's much-improved fortunes, but it was Xavi who produced an immaculate midfield masterclass.
He played the full 90 minutes of the match and found a team-mate with each of his passes - a feat matched by others in the last 10 years - but no one has managed it on such a scale.
Xavi's efforts topped the 100 per cent performance from Javier Zanetti against Tottenham three years ago and Arsenal cult hero Emmanuel Eboue is third on the list.
But while the Spaniard managed nearly 100 completed passes, Zanetti and Eboue made 72 and 54 successful passes respectively in their matches.