Meet Xavi Simons, the wonderkid PSG stole from Barcelona

Let’s talk about Xavi Simons, La Masia’s wonderkid who was stolen by Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

Xavi Simons, who is considered to be La Masia’s best product since Lionel Messi broke Barcelona’s hearts when he left the club for French champions Paris Saint-Germain a few days ago.

Born on 23 April 2003 in Amsterdam, he is the son of former Dutch footballer Regillio Simons, who spent his entire career in the Netherlands.

The 16-year-old was named after Barcelona’s legend Xavi Hernandez and was also seen as his successor at Camp Nou.

Simons, as a player who went through the ranks of Barcelona’s youth academy, is a technically gifted midfielder with an excellent passing range and close ball control.

He joined the La Masia academy at the age of seven from his first team, Club Deportivo Thader. Simons broke into the youth ranks of Barcelona right away and was immediately named the under-14s captain due to his evident talent and leadership skills.

And he made an immediate impact, leading them to the league title in 2010-11. He then moved up to the Benjamin A team and won the league with them also.

As the years went by, Xavi Simons became the star of the La Masia academy. In 2016-17, he was part of a youth team that won every single game in the league, scoring 164 goals and conceding just 14. He was the leader of that team and was named as the Most Valuable Player of the campaign.

Simons, himself, is a player who is more interested in controlling the flaw of the game and providing assists than scoring goals.

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“I prefer to assist than to score. For me, assists are the most important,” Simons said in a 2017 interview with freestyle footballer Soufiane Touzani via Goal.

“When I score, I am happy, but if a team-mate scores I am also happy. So I prefer to assist because it’s good for the team.”

“I’m more into position play, I don’t like tricks, but when it is necessary I’ll do a trick. I’m more into tiki-taka,” he added.

On the international stage, the youngster has represented the Netherlands at Under-15 and Under-16 levels. However, he is also eligible to play for Spain and will not be tied to a national team until he plays a senior competitive match for one country.

At Paris Saint-Germain, Xavi Simons will reportedly earn €1 million before tax and this may be the main reason why his agent Mino Raiola convinced him to leave Barcelona.

What do you think about the 16-year old midfielder and his move to PSG? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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