This summer Eurosport is counting down the world's greatest footballers, as voted by our international network of journalists. We will reveal one player per day, culminating in the election of the first Ballon d'Eurosport on July 19.
Xavi, a sprightly 33 and a one-club man, has been a figure at the forefront of Barcelona's rise to the top of the European game and Spain's rebirth as one of the greatest national football sides to have played the game over the past six years.
Xavi's career is dripping with records and trinkets. Winning 123 caps with Spain, he helped his national side snare the 2010 World Cup, and the European Championships of 2008 and 2012.
At club level, Xavi has played his part in helping Barcelona snare the Champions League three times, La Liga seven times amid two Copa del Rey successes.
Xavi has been nominated fives times for the Ballon d'Or, finishing third in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
His reputation as a figure who can keep possession and earn space in tight spaces was confirmed when he was named player of the tournament at Euro 2008 after Spain's 1-0 win over Germany in the final. He was named the tournament's most prodigious passer at the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.
Despite Spain's 3-0 drubbing by Brazil in the final of the 2013 Confederations Cup on Sunday evening, Xavi will harbour serious hopes of returning to Rio de Janeiro with a real flourish when Spain bid to retain the World Cup next summer.
How Eurosport voted
We asked the editorial teams of 10 countries/areas around the Eurosport network to compile their list of the world's 25 best players.
Then we did the sums, Eurovision-style. It's simple: a first-place vote is worth 25 points, second place is 24... all the way down to one point for a 25th-place vote.
The Ballon d'Eurosport so far
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