Xavi has spent his entire football life in Barcelona, having joined the club in July 1991 when he was 11 years old.
A rapid rise through the academy’s ranks earned him a place in the 1997/98 reserve team which went on to win the league title. A dream start with the first team squad came true when he scored in the Spanish Super Cup against Mallorca in the 1998/99 season.
By 2004/05, Xavi was the leader of a talented Barcelona side that also featured fellow La Masia talents Andres Iniesta and Carles Puyol.
Considered one of the best midfielders of all time, Xavi has reached unprecedented heights in the game, with both club and country. He has won more trophies than any Spanish player in history (25), including 3 Champions League titles, and is the most capped outfield player for the national team. The best playmaker of his generation, Xavi played a key role in Spain’s back-to-back victories at Euro 2008, World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012.
His performances at the 2008 European Championships, where he scored in a semi-final victory and assisted the only goal in the final against Germany, earned him the Player of the Tournament award. This was the start of an unprecedented run as Xavi went on to win an astounding total of six titles in 2009 with his Barcelona teammates.
In 2010 Xavi was instrumental in guiding Spain to their first FIFA World Cup win, earning a place in the Team of the Tournament. Two years later, Spain became the first national side to win three successive tournaments as Xavi once again gained individual recognition.
In the 2013/14 season he made history as he played in his 700th game for the club.
In the 2014/15 season he broke the record for the most Champions League appearances ever made by a player.