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 suffered another injury issue during Friday’s victory over Sevilla, with Raphinha suffering a hamstring injury. He joins midfield duo Pedri and Frenkie de Jong on the sidelines, and is expected to be out of action for three to four weeks.
Raphinha had been Barcelona’s first-choice right winger in recent weeks, although he played centrally during the match against Sevilla. It means that it is a big blow for head coach Xavi Hernandez, although as MD have eluded to, he does have several options as his disposal to replace the Brazilian.
Lamine Yamal started the match against Sevilla on the right wing, and he has been in excellent form so far this season. He is a more than capable replacement, although Xavi is keen to manage his minutes accordingly.
Ferran Torres also plays on the right wing, and he has been in good form too this season. Like Lamine Yamal, he is more than capable of stepping up in Raphinha’s absence.
Fermin Lopez replaced Raphinha against Sevilla, and the 20-year-old produced an excellent performance. Xavi will know that he can count on Fermin going forward, which he may look to do. Finally, Joao Cancelo can be pushed forward if necessary, with Ronald Araujo, Jules Kounde and Sergi Roberto as options at right-back.
It is testament to the squad that Barcelona have built over the last 12-15 months that they still have such a strong squad with the likes of Pedri, de Jong and Raphinha unavailable. However, they are still likely to be significant misses.Read on m.allfootballapp.com