Xavi to equal Barca appearances record

Updated: Jan 02, 2011, 21:39 PM IST

Madrid: Spain midfielder Xavi is set to make his 549th official appearance for Barcelona at home to Levante on Sunday, matching the club record set by former player Migueli.

Xavi, who turns 31 on Jan. 25, debuted for Barca in 1998 and has been shortlisted along with team mates Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta for the FIFA Ballon d`Or, which is to be announced on Jan 10.

"What Xavi has achieved is incredible and demonstrates that he has a great mental strength," coach Pep Guardiola told reporters.

Bureau Report