Xavi Hernandez: The Playmaker's Recent Comments Reveal Outrageous Arrogance

AJ HasanContributor IIIJuly 26, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 28:  Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona (L) and teammate Xavi in action during the UEFA Champions League final between FC Barcelona and Manchester United FC at Wembley Stadium on May 28, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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In a recent interview with Süddeutsche Zeitung in Germany, the FC Barcelona and Spanish national team regular spewed some mindless propaganda. Don't get me wrong, he's most definitely one of the best playmakers today, but sometimes he just goes too far!

"We train a lot, but talent can't be trained. Some teams play well but they don't know why, it's just random....Sometimes I tell Pep we should record our training," he told the German newspaper, via Yahoo! Deportes.

"Out of 95% people love football, only 2% understand it. One of my best friends is a complete fan, sees everything, knows everything. But he has no idea. It's complicated."

Do you have some special omnipotent powers that allow you to have superior knowledge of the game? I don't think so.  

"You cannot defend in a real game. You can cover me, but once the ball comes to my feet, boom! I advance. And the defender? Impossible! This is why they can not defend. I am not privileged to be physical, so I have to think fast. And that speed is more important than physical speed now."

Regarding the Champions League Final: "The Wembley final against United was wonderful. They never had options, even when pressing. We completely dominated." 

Of course, Barcelona are extremely talented and are hailed as the best football team with good reason. They have dominated the football on a domestic and European scale, and the Spaniard has been quite essential to that success.

However, I don't think Xavi is in any right mind with these comments, as this tarnishes his humble reputation. But this is not the first time: remember the grass incident, in which he accused of Madrid of purposefully sabotaging and said Barcelona was the only team that played "football"? News flash: it was a football game, so I think all the players would be playing football. Seems logical to me.

If someone like Cristiano Ronaldo said this, I think he would receive much more backlash than Xavi got. That is because it would fulfill the selfish stereotype of the Portuguese winger, but the Spaniard receives little to none because he is considered as an extremely "humble" player. Obviously, that is not true. 

What do you think about Xavi's comments? Would other players receive more criticism?