The legendary midfielder of FC Barcelona Xavi Hernandez had announced that he will retire at the end of the season and would move to coach.
He said in a statement, “It has been a privilege to play until the age of 39. This 2018-19 season will be my last as a player, but I hope the future offers the chance to be a coach.”
Xavi has further intended to follow the footsteps of Dutch footballer and coach Johan Cruyff.
“I like to see teams take the initiative on the field. To play attacking football, and to demonstrate the essence of what we all have loved since our infancy: possession-based football.”
Between 1998 to 2015, Xavi had scored 85 goals and holds an all-time appearances record of 767 for FC Barcelona. He joined the club in the 1991-92 season for the under-12 team.
Xavi learned the fundamentals of midfield from Pep Guardiola in La Masia and succeeded him to become the backbone of Barcelona for almost two decades.
Xavi went on to win 25 titles, including the treble seasons of 2008-09 and 2014-15. In total he holds eight La Liga, three Copa del Rey, four UEFA Champions League, two FIFA Club World Cup, six Spanish Super Cup, and two UEFA Super Cup. Xavi is a six-time Copa Catalunya and one-time Catalunya Super Cup winner.