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Xavi hangs up his boots

Another football icon, Xavi Hernandez announced his retirement, but he wants to stay close to the sport

The former Barcelona great Xavi Hernandez said it’s time for him to retire, as the Spaniard will hang up his boots for the last time at the end of this season. After that, the ex-midfielder wants to pursue a coaching career.

The 37-year-old living legend spent 17 years at FC Barcelona, becoming an icon of the Catalan club. Xavi made 505 appearances for Barca, in which he scored 58 goals and was the main playmaker of his side.

The former Spain international won 8 La Liga titles besides 4 Champions League trophies before he joined Quatari club Al-Sadd in 2015. Not surprisingly, he became the captain of that team too.

Xavi is thankful for not having injuries over his professional career, and says he can feel there has been a descent in how he performs.

“I’ve had luck not to be injured and I think my career has come towards its end, there’s been a descent,” he told Spanish newspaper Sport.

The Spaniard said he can feel his age as it’s getting harder for him to recover after each game, and matches take more and more out of him.

“Qatar allowed me this. Now I see myself being more tired, it’s harder to recover, it will surely be my last year of being a footballer.”

“I have the idea of getting my coaching license next year and being a coach,” Xavi said about his future plans.

Besides being unbelievably successful on a club level, the midfielder has been an iconic player of Spain’s national XI as well. Xavi has featured in 133 games for his country over the span of a 14-year international career. He has managed to win two European Championships in 2008 and 2012 besides winning the 2010 World Cup as well.