Xavier Hernandez Bio

LL NAMEXavier Hernandez Creus
BORNJanuary 25, 1980
HEIGHT1.7m
NATIONALITYSpanish
ROLEMidfielder

Xavier Hernandez Creus was born on January 25, 1980, in Barcelona, Catalonia, and is an internationally recognised player with over 31 international trophies, including the Ballon d’Or, Olympic medals, and the Prince of Asturias Award.

His impact to Spanish football in general, and to FC Barcelona in particular, has been enormous. He is presently a midfielder for the Qatar-based team Al Sadd SC.

Childhood

His father, Joaquim, a former professional footballer who played for Sabadell in the first division, moulded Xavi during his “to be moulded” days. The youngster found his way to La Masia, the youth club of the illustrious Barcelona football family. He began as a centre on the U12 squad and developed his team spirit at Barcelona.

Career in the club

In his first senior season in 1998, Xavi made national headlines. He scored in his La Liga debut, helping Barcelona to a 3-1 victory. He was voted La Liga Breakthrough Player of the Year the following year as a result of his consistent excellent performances.

Xavi was named vice-captain of the squad in 2004 and handled leadership with great responsibility, assisting Barcelona in winning La Liga and the Supercopa de Espana for two years in a row. He was also named Spanish Player of the Year by La Liga.

At the Euro 2008, he was named Player of the Tournament for his spectacular assists, creative passing tactics, and beautiful performances. He was an important part of Barcelona’s triple, scoring the fourth goal in the 4–1 triumph over Athletic Bilbao in the 2009 Copa del Rey final.

Xavi was named “UEFA Champions League Best Midfielder” for his role to Barcelona’s Champions League victory in 2008-09. With 20 assists, Xavi was La Liga’s leading assister. During this time, he was the club’s highest earner, earning a staggering €7.5 million each year.

Xavi, along with Barcelona colleagues Lionel Messi and Andrés Iniesta, was one of three contenders for the FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2010. However, he placed third in the voting, behind Messi and Iniesta, although he did overcome Messi to win World Soccer Magazine’s Player of the Year title.

Against Levante on January 2, 2011, Xavi made his 549th appearance for the club in all competitions, tying Migueli’s record. Following this game, Xavi became Barcelona’s most experienced player of all time.

During his final season with the Barca family, he was chosen team captain. In addition, he made his 500th appearance in La Liga, which was the eighth best total at the time. Xavi made his farewell appearance for Barcelona as a 78th-minute replacement for Andrés Iniesta in the 2015 Champions League final, and the club overcame Juventus in the European Cup under Xavi’s leadership. As a result, Barcelona became the first club in history to win the domestic league, domestic cup, and European Cup all three times.

In 2015, he left Barcelona after 24 years and joined Qatari club Al Sadd for three years. He made his debut for Al-Sadd on September 13, 2015, in a 4–0 win against Mesaimeer, assisting in the team’s opening goal. In the following encounter, a 2–2 tie with Umm Salal, he scored his first goal for the club.

Xavi earned his first title with Al Sadd on April 29, 2017, as they defeated El Jaish 2–1 in the Qatar Cup final. He has appeared in 60 games for the club and scored 18 times.

Career Opportunities Abroad

Xavi has been a member of Spain’s national squad at various ages. He represented Spain in the U17, U18, U20, U21, and U23 levels, as well as in the core team from 2000 to 2014. He was a part of the silver medalist squad in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

After Spain defeated Germany 1–0 in the final, Xavi was voted Euro 2008’s Player of the Tournament. Xavi was not only powerful in the midfield, but he was also fast with his metronomic passing and his game reading was crucial to Spain’s triumph.

Spain eventually won their first FIFA World Cup in 2010, and Xavi’s contribution to this achievement can be measured by the fact that he provided the most accurate passes, 599 with a passing success rate of 91 percent, and also crossed the ball inside the 18-yard box more than any other player in the tournament.

Xavi also played for Spain in the Euro 2012 final, which Spain won 4–0 over Italy. With two assists in the final, Xavi became the first player in European Championship history to have assists in both finals.

Retirement in another country

After Spain’s elimination from the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Xavi announced his retirement from international football, having made 133 appearances in 14 years.

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