Xavi Hernandez - a legend of world football, a Spanish player who became one of the most influential and technically gifted players of his generation. He was born on January 25, 1980, in Terrassa, Spain, and displayed his football talent from a young age. Xavi became renowned for his outstanding passing skills and ball control. He possessed a unique ability to control the game on the field, distribute passes, and create attacks for his team.
He began his professional career in 1998, joining the youth team of Barcelona. Over time, he became an integral part of Barcelona's main squad and a product of the legendary La Masia academy. He spent 17 years at FC Barcelona, eventually becoming its captain and one of the main inspirations behind the "tiki-taka" style of play.
Xavi helped Barcelona win numerous domestic and international trophies, including 8 La Liga titles and 4 UEFA Champions League titles. He became the heart and soul of the team, and his on-field leadership was invaluable to Barcelona's success during that period. Xavi is also a key figure for the Spanish national team. With the national squad, he won the FIFA World Cup in 2010 and the UEFA European Championship in 2008 and 2012.
His intellectual approach to the game and his ability to create opportunities for his teammates made him an irreplaceable player for the national team. After leaving Barcelona in 2015, Xavi moved to Qatari club Al-Sadd, where he continued to showcase his skills and leadership. He helped the team win several national titles and became a symbol of football development in Qatar.
In addition to his playing career, Xavi has shown an interest in coaching. He has completed coaching courses and expressed a desire to one day manage his former team, Barcelona. Xavi Hernandez is not only a player of exceptional class but also a symbol of virtuosity, game reading ability, and leadership on the field. His style and contribution to world football will be remembered by generations of fans.
Barcelona Manager Xavi Hernandez admitted that Atletico Madrid looked ‘very strong’ following their derby day victory over Real Madrid, but refused to be drawn into whether Carlo Ancelotti’s side were weaker than last year.
Los Colchoneros ran out comfortable 3-1 winners over their city rivals to grab just their second ever victory over Real Madrid since returning to the Metropolitano. However Real Madrid TV felt they had been severely damaged by the refereeing performance – having complained about referees in the past, Xavi was asked whether they had a case.
“If they have complained or not… you have to ask them. It’s a question for them. We complained when we felt unfairly treated.”
After Carlo Ancelotti took the blame for the defeat, Xavi was also asked whether he thought the Italian had made mistakes.
“I saw it, it was a great game, especially from Atletico. Whether Ancelotti was wrong or not, I don’t know. I saw it but I didn’t analyse it. It is an important victory for Atletico.”
He also refused to be dragged into whether the Real Madrid squad were better or worse than last season.
“I always see them as strong, but like all teams they have strengths and weaknesses. We’re paying attention to Mallorca, I have not analysed Real Madrid. Atletico looked very strong and the victory was deserved.”
There is real belief in Spain that Atletico can make it a three-horse title race this season, after a number of years where that hasn’t been the case. Last time Atletico managed to win La Liga, Barcelona were some way off the pace. If Alvaro Morata can maintain his form, and Los Colchoneros can remain relatively injury free, they will fancy their chances of pushing the Clasico duo.Read on football-espana.net