Xavier "Xavi" Hernández i Creus (born 25 January 1980), is a Spanish footballer who plays as a central midfielder for FC Barcelona and the Spanish national football team. Xavi came through La Masia, the Barcelona youth academy, at the age of 11. He made his first-team debut against RCD Mallorca on 18 August 1998. Since then he has played 697 matches, scored 78 goals and made more than 180 assists for over 50 players. Xavi is the first player in the FC Barcelona's history to play 150 international matches. Considered one of the finest playmakers of the 21st century, he was an integral part of the sextuple-winning Barcelona side in 2009, the only time which a club has achieved six titles in a year.