A Barcelona legend and the best midfielder in the world. Marca's respected columnist Santiago Segurola considered him the best Spanish player in the last 40 years.
Xavi is the player who makes everything work on the pitch. He is in charge of everything Barcelona does going forward and he is the one who has allowed the likes of Ronaldinho, Eto'o and Messi to shine over the years.
He's the king of assists and also a very good free-kick taker.
He's the most important player in Barcelona's and Spain's high possession style, as his passing accuracy is almost perfect and he is always providing safe passing lines for his teammates.
He has always put team success above individual awards and, up until recently, he was a little underrated.
However, he was recently considered Player of the Tournament in Spain's victorious 2008 European Championship and Man of the Match in the 2009 Champions League final, both deserved honors. In addition, he is a strong candidate to win the Fifa Player of the Year award this year.
If he played for any other club, he'd probably get first place in a list like this one.
However, this place is reserved for one of the most talented players ever to play the game. It was a close call, though...