Barcelona icon Xavi has revealed he will be retiring from football at the end of the season with Qatari club Al Sadd SC. During his time at Camp Nou, the 39-year-old managed to win eight La Liga titles and four Champions Leagu trophies, during the most successful spell in the club’s prestigious history.
While at Barcelona, Xavi also managed to help Spain win their first ever World Cup in 2010 in South Africa. Now with plans to go into coaching, Xavi says he will be looking to implement all he learned at the Blaugrana as he look forward to the next challenge after playing.
He was quoted by AS, saying: “My philosophy as a coach reflects the style we developed for many years under the influence of Johan Cruyff and La Masia, and that has its greatest exponent in the way of playing football in Barcelona. “I love seeing the teams take the initiative in the field, attack football and return to the essence of what we all love from our childhood days: possession football.”