So we finally say adios to Xavi Hernandez i Creus.
In an emotional press conference at Camp Nou today he bade a formal farewell to the club he has graced since the age of eleven
However the new manger at that time , Luis Enrique peruaded Xavi to stay for one more season and he was made club captain
Born in Terrassa a suburb of Barcelona Xavi is a product of Barcelona’s “la Masia” youth system he worked his way up through the youth and reserve teams before making his senior debut against Southampton in a friendly in 1988
His competitive debut took place on 18 August 1988 in the super cup final v Mallorca ax match in which he scored
His La Liga debut came in October of that year against Valencia in a 3-1 win
At 5ft 7ins wearing the number 6 shirt he has enchanted and delighted us with his football skills as well as his humble and modest manner of the field
The titles and honours he has achieved are too many to mention
764 appearances for Barcelona
504 la Liga appearances
156 Chanpions League Matches
3 champions League Winners Medals
And 133 caps for Spain
Xavi will now become an ambassador for the 2022 FIFA World Cup as well as start his coaching qualifications.
Until then we have the memories to keep him in our hearts until we can welcome him back to Catalonia