Tuesday 25 September 2018

Xavi set to bring curtain down on 24 years at the Nou Camp


Barcelona midfielder Xavi will announce today he is leaving the club he joined as an 11-year-old to sign a lucrative three-year deal with Qatari side Al Sadd.

Now 35 and Barca's appearance record holder and club captain, Xavi is set to follow in the footsteps of former Spain team mate Raul, who played for Al Sadd between 2012-14.

Xavi would also work with Qatar's Aspire Academy, become an ambassador for the 2022 World Cup to be held in the Gulf state, one of Barca's main sponsors, and aim to start his coaching badges.

He declined to comment on media reports Xavi will earn 310million a season. After joining Barca in 1991, Xavi graduated from the club's academy to the first team in 1998 but has had limited playing time this season under coach Luis Enrique.

One of the most decorated footballers of all time, he defined Barca and Spain's spectacularly successful possession-based playing style.

He represented La Roja 133 times, a record for an outfield player, and was a key figure in Spain's glittering run when they won the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 European Championships.

With Barca, Xavi has won three Champions League crowns, eight La Liga titles and a host of other trophies.

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