Xavi Hernandez has confirmed that he will finally be calling time on his Barcelona career to join Qatari side Al Sadd.
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Speaking in a press conference on Thursday, the 35-year-old confirmed that he was leaving Barcelona in the summer to join a ‘thrilling new project’ in Qatar, according to ESPN.
There is no doubt that the midfielder will go down as one of the game’s all-time greats.
He was influential as Spain won their first-ever World Cup, and also twice lifted the European Championships—in 2008 and 2012.
For Barcelona, he has won seven La Liga titles among numerous other domestic honours. To date, he has lifted the Champions League three times, and could win a fourth title when Barca go head-to-head against Juventus with this year’s final in Berlin.
Since making his debut in 1998, Xavi has one of Barcelona’s key figures; how do the Catalonian side begin to replace one of the most iconic figures in their history?
Here are eight suggestions.