Xavi Hernandez is widely expected to be coming to the end of his glorious career at Barcelona, who could the Catalan giants sign to replace him?
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Since making his debut in 1998, Xavi has become a pivotal component in Barcelona’s magnificent generation and the most successful period in the club’s history.
He was won seven La Liga titles, three Champions League crowns and numerous other domestic honours during his time at the Nou Camp.
For La Roja, he has lifted the European Championship twice—either side of the nation’s maiden World Cup victory in 2010.
Having recently made his 500th La Liga appearance—becoming only the eighth player in history to achieve the feat—Xavi will be hard to replace, but here are five candidates to fill the void he will undoubtedly leave.