Former Barcelona star, Xavi Hernandez in an interview made some startling confessions. The Spanish star midfielder and Barcelona legend when interviewed said he played against the best in the World.
He named French and Real Madrid legend, Zinedine Zidane popularly called Zizou and Brazilian play maker, Ronaldo Delima as his best competitors. Xavi spent close to 17 years at the Camp Nou before exiting in the 2014/2015 campaign after a highly successful spell. In his final season, Barcelona achieved yet another treble.
The 36 years old mentioned several tough opponents when questioned on the choice of his best competitors. Xavi told the interviewer: “Lots of players but the ones I can’t forget are Ronaldo “the phenomenon,” Luis Figo, Raul, Fernando Hierro, Roberto Carlos, Zidane and in the later years Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Ozil.”
He narrowed the list eventually to two when pressed further. He said: “The best out of all these I would say were Zidane and Ronaldo, the Brazilian.”
Upon sharing this much, the interviewer pressed for his best memory of his long span career whilst in acton for the Catalan giants.
“I have lots of great memories, but the two that stick out the most are the historical matches when we beat Madrid 5-0 and 6-2,” he claimed. As the interview progressed, the star revealed that some African stars had enough substance to feature in the Barcelona team. Quite notably is Leicester City’s forward, Riyad Mahrez. Continue reading XAVI HEAPS PRAISES ON ZIDANE, RONALDO AND MAHREZ
As per Xavi, Pep Guardiola has always seen the English Premiership in very high regard and it was his aspiration to be a part of the competition as manager one day
Guardiola has dropped hints that he would not stretch his tenure in Germany where he has been in charge of Bayern Munich for the last two and half years.
The Spaniard is likely to sign for one of the top clubs in England at the end of the ongoing season.
Very few would know Guardiola better than Xavi as the two spent a number of years working together.
Xavi played alongside as well under Guardiola at Barcelona.
Speaking about Guardiola’s desire to manage Premier League clubs, the veteran playmaker, who now plays his Football in Qatar, said, “While we were working alongside in Spain, he would so often speak of English Premiership and its standard of Football.” Continue reading Pep Guardiola has always seen the English Premiership in very high regard
Aaron Ramsey is confident that his teammate Theo Walcott can reach the 100 goals mark and that he can accomplish this in the new season of the Premier League.
“He is a goal scorer. He has a load of goals for Arsenal and I think he can carry that on and maybe get into the 100 club this year. He’s a very strong character. He believes in his abilities and he definitely has a lot of qualities to offer.One of the hardest things to do in football is to put the ball in the back of the net and he’s done it on numerous occasions for Arsenal’’ Aaron Ramsey said as he praised Theo Walcott.
Walcott has scored 76 goals in 306 appearances for Arsenal which means that the English player will have to score at least 24 goals in the 2015-15 season of the Premier League which kicked off a few weeks ago.
Never in his career has Theo Walcott ever managed to score as much as 24 goals in a single season but Aaron Ramsey believes that his partner can do it however this will depend on a number of factors including how many appearances Walcott manages to make in this new season of the Premier League as well as in what position will Arsene Wenger place the English player. Continue reading Aaron Ramsey believes that Walcott can enter Arsenal’s 100 goals club
After having spent his entire career with Barcelona, Xavi Hernandez has finally ended his relationship with the Spanish club as he joined the Qatari side Al Sadd which will be his new club for the next 2 years.
Making a switch from Barcelona to Al Sadd is a huge move but at the age of 35, Xavi Hernandez had to be offloaded in order to give some of the younger players a chance to step up and get into the main team.
Even though Al Sadd does not have the same world class player or pieces of silverware that Barcelona has collected, Xavi Hernandez revealed his joy and said just how honored he is in joining the Qatari club.
Barcelona’s Xavi Hernandez said: “I am very, very proud to be part and parcel of Al Sadd Football Club. I hope I will be able to lift all titles with this very important club and continue with my achievement. I would like to thank Al Sadd Sports Club and all the Qatari people.”
The experienced midfielder signed a 2 year long contract with Al Sadd but this can be extended to 3 year depending on how Xavi performs in his new club. The contract that Xavi Hernandez signed with Al Sadd has will also give him the responsibilities of being an ambassador for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup. Continue reading Xavi Hernandez is proud to join Al Sadd SC
With over 490 league appearances for Barcelona, Xavi Hernandez holds the record of most matches being played for the Spanish club. He is regarded to be as one of the best and greatest footballers that have emerged from Spain out of his generation.
At the age of 35, Xavi Hernandez is by far the oldest player in the team of Luis Enrique but it has not stopped him on making impressive performances on a consistent basis as well as managing to get more playing time in the pitch than many other of his younger teammates.
When Xavi was asked about retirement, he replied by saying: “I’ll play until the legs tell me to stop, but my game does not depend on speed like others,”
It is indeed true that Xavi Hernandez does not rely on having a superior physical strength or an impressive speed to play his game and this is something that the Spanish midfielder has been recognized for throughout his playing career which extends from 1998 and still continues going on strong. Continue reading Xavi Hernandez wants to end his Barcelona career on a high note