Thursday 23 March 2017

Xavi to leave Barca

Barcelona legend Xavi will end his 17-year playing career with the Catalans at the end of the season to join Qatari side Al Sadd
Barcelona legend Xavi will end his 17-year playing career with the Catalans at the end of the season to join Qatari side Al Sadd

Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez has announced that he will join Qatari side Al-Sadd this summer, ending his 24-year run with the Catalan giants.

The Spanish midfielder is the longest-serving and most decorated Barca player, having joined the club at the age of 11.

A World Cup winner with Spain, the 35-year-old has made over 500 appearances for the Blaugrana, winning 23 trophies, including the Champions League three times and La Liga on eight occasions.

"I would like to be remembered as someone who always gave everything to Barca and the national team. I always tried to play for the team," said Xavi, who confirmed that he hoped to return to the club in the future as a coach or sporting director.

Irish Independent

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