Isco matches incredible UEFA Champions League record set by former FC Barcelona midfielder Xavi
Posted: 5 April 2018 Time: 16:00
Cristiano Ronaldo stole all the headlines for Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League this week but playmaker Isco silently went about his business by equalling an incredible record set by FC Barcelona legend Xavi.
Ronaldo netted a spectacular overhead kick in the 3-0 victory over Juventus in the first leg quarter-final tie that sent European football fans into a frenzy and even earned a standing ovation from opposition fans.
However, Isco, who was the surprise inclusion in the starting XI, after playing a bit-part role under manager Zinedine Zidane in recent weeks produced a passing masterclass only matched by Xavi Hernandez four years ago.
According to statistics released by OPTA, the Los Blancos midfielder enjoyed 100 percent pass completion rate with 54 successful passes in 54 attempts before being substituted in the 75th minute.
Meanwhile, the last player to achieve it, Xavi, recorded an astonishing 95 completed passes in a Champions League fixture in 2014.
100% - Isco completed 100% of his passes against Juventus (54/54); Xavi was the last midfielder to do so in a Champions League game (95/95), in April 2014 (min. 50 passes). Maestro. pic.twitter.com/CY7rMbGvJJ— OptaJean (@OptaJean) April 4, 2018