Xavi announces retirement and future plans
Barcelona legend Xavi Hernández announced he will retire at the end of this season and focus on a coaching career.
For the records, he won eight La Liga titles, three Copa del Reys and four Champions League trophies during his time with Barcelona, has spent the last four years playing in Qatar with Al Sadd.
The 39-year-old was best midfielder at the time in Barcelona and national team Spain after lifted World Cup in 2010.
Xavi said: “During the next four weeks, I will tie my boots to play the last matches of an unforgettable race that has lasted for 21 years and has taken me all over the world.
“It has been a privilege to play football until I was 39 years old and now I would like to finish the season at the top by winning the Emir Cup and reaching the next phase in the Asian Champions League.
“This is my last season as a player, but I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for me as a coach.
“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 on the field, play attacking football and return to the essence of what we all loved since our childhood days: football possession.”
“What I have achieved in the last two decades has been a privilege and, therefore, I believe it is my duty to take the initiative of the field and return through football whenever possible.”