“I’m a footballing romantic just like Johan Cruyff. We like football that is attractive, attacking and easy on the eye. When you win playing like this it’s twice as satisfying. I’ve always played attacking football: my footballing ideals are very clear and well defined. I’ve grown up at Barcelona with that style and that’s the one I like. I think it’s good to win like that, by taking the initiative right from the off.”
A legend of the game, Xavi was probably the greatest midfielder to have graced the game. A La Masia graduate, he carried the philosophy of trademark Barcelona football started by Cruyff and revitalized by Guardiola. Xavi was the key in Barcelona’s sextuple in 2009 and Spain’s successful World Cup and Euro campaigns.
He along with Messi and Iniesta, was nominated for The Fifa Ballon d’Or in 2010, a unique feat where the three finalists were from the same club.
Xavi and Iniesta together inspired Barcelona to many titles and accolades, becoming the “best midfield duo” in the world.
We still miss you Maestro, hope you’ll be back in the dressing room soon!