An appreciation thread for the man who gets the job done without bringing attention to himself. Monday he turned 30. Appreciate him while he's still lacing them up because you'll miss him once he's gone. How old is he here? Note the Meyba shirt (!) Scoring in his 1998 debut, Supercopa against Mallorca. WINNERS MEDALS 1998–99: La Liga Champion 1999: FIFA U-20 World Cup Champion 2000: Olympic Games, Silver Medal 2004–05: La Liga Champion 2005: Supercopa de España winner 2005–06: La Liga Champion 2005–06: UEFA Champions League winner 2006: Supercopa de España winner 2008: UEFA European Football Championship winner 2008–09: Copa del Rey winner 2008–09: La Liga Champion 2008–09: UEFA Champions League winner 2009: Supercopa de España winner 2009: UEFA Super Cup winner 2009: FIFA Club World Cup winner INDIVIDUAL AWARDS 1999: Don Balón Award for Breakthrough Player of the Year 2005: Don Balón Award for Spanish Player of the Year in La Liga 2007-08: FIFPro World XI 2008: EURO 2008 Player of the Tournament 2008: IFFHS World's best playmaker 2008: UEFA Team of the Year 2008: FIFA.com Team of the Year 2008-09: Most assists in La Liga (20) 2008-09: Most assists in UEFA Champions League (7) 2008-09: Man of the Match, UEFA Champions League Final 2008-09: UEFA Club Best Midfielder 2008-09: LFP Best Midfielder 2008-09: FIFPro World XI 2009: 3rd Place, Ballon d'Or 2009: FIFA Club World Cup, Bronze Ball 2009: 3rd Place, FIFA World Player of the Year 2009: UEFA Team of the Year 2009: IFFHS World's best playmaker MOST APPEARANCES ALL-TIME, FC BARCELONA Migueli (548 matches) *Xavi (472) Carles Rexach (452) Guillermo Amor (421) * Could be wrong but entering the 2009/10 season I had him at 472. As of this posting I have him in 33 matches this season for a current total of 505.