Football's Picasso paints two decades of beauty

FOOTBALL’S PICASSO PAINTS MEMORIES

We look at some of Xavi's best moments


Xavi debuted for Barcelona in 1998. The following year, despite the presence of Esteban Cambiasso, Diego Forlan, Ronaldinho and Roque Santa Cruz, he helped Spain win the FIFA U-20 World Cup and was hailed as the next Pep Guardiola.

Xavi was arguably at his peak in 2008/09, helping Barcelona to an unprecedented six trophies. He finished as the top assister in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League.

South Africa 2010
  • Conductor of the tika-taka symphony that swept Spain to glory.
  • Man of the Match against Portugal in Round of 16 and Germany in semis.
  • Completed more passes (554) & covered more kilometres (80) than any other player.


Xavi made one and scored another as Barça beat Santos 4-0 in what is the biggest victory in a FIFA Club World Cup final. He was rewarded with the adidas Silver Ball.

HIGHLIGHTS: BARÇA v SANTOS

Xavi was the Player of the Tournament as Spain won UEFA EURO 2008. Four years later he became the first man to register assists in two EURO finals.

Xavi spent the final four years of his career at Al Sadd in Qatar, where he is an ambassador for the next FIFA World Cup™.

XAVI'S QATAR ADVENTURE

“Xavi is the greatest player in Spanish football history. There will never be another Xavi.”

Lionel Messi

A Barcelona immortal

A Spain immortal

We’ll miss you, Xavi!


XAVI REFLECTS ON SPAIN SUCCESS