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Xavi Plays His 700th Match for FC Barcelona Amid Reports of a Move to MLS

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After being subbed on in the cup, Xavi registered his 700th match for FC Barcelona. But are the New York Red Bulls his next destination?

Denis Doyle

As Barcelona cruised to a 6-0 aggregate victory over Getafe to advance in the Copa del Rey, Xavi Hernandez made his 700th appearance for the Barcelona senior team.

Xavi has been a part of Barcelona's set-up since he was 11 years old, embarking on a sterling career in which he has helped the Blaugrana win 22 titles and scored 81 goals.

Xavi has won every club title at least twice and is a World Cup and twice-Euro champion. His place in the pantheon of footballing greats is assured.

Never an imposing physical force, Xavi instead displays breathtaking technique and impeccable vision. His decision making is not only lightning-fast, it's nearly always accurate.

Recently, Xavi turned some heads by saying he may not retire at Barcelona. Rumors have come out fast and furious that Xavi will be joining the New York Red Bulls at the end of the season.

Xavi's agent has played down such speculation. It's possible that Xavi only meant that he cannot know the future, even though he intends to stay. Even then, the press has continued to insist Xavi is thinking about the Big Apple.

Seeing how much Barcelona appreciates Xavi, and vice-versa, that seems very doubtful. After seeing the midfielder in Barcelona's colors 700 times, it's hard to imagine him wearing another team's kit.