Xavi Hernandez will reach another milestone on Friday when he will become only the second Spanish outfield player to reach 100 caps, after striker Raul Gonzalez.
With a winner’s medal from Euro 2008 as well as one from last year’s World Cup, Xavi has won every major honor in football, but the 31-year-old Xavi is showing no sign of slowing up.
“During the World Cup, I realized I was close (to 100) and, if the coach wanted, it would happen,” Xavi said. “I didn’t ever consider playing 100 games (for Spain) until very recently. And it is very exciting.”
Xavi is still the heartbeat and passing maestro of a Spanish side filled with players from Barcelona and with the national team playing the same style as Barca, how long can Xavi go on?
“I don’t know, 100 more and I stop?” he told El Pais newspaper. “Seriously, while they want me they can count on me. For the moment, I am thinking about the Euros, but maybe I will make it to Brazil (for the World Cup in 2014). That wouldn’t be bad, would it?”