Some of the Greatest Quotes About Barcelona Legend Xavi
Barcelona legend Xavi turns 36 on Monday, so to honour the occasion, we decided to collate some of the best quotes about the midfield maestro.
Xavi played an amazing 767 games for Barcelona, with his final appearance coming in the 2015 Champions League final.
When he finally left the club, Xavi had amassed an incredible medal collection: eight La Liga titles, three Copa del Reys, six Supercopas, four Champions Leagues, two UEFA Super Cups and two FIFA Club World Cups.
A true legend!
Gerard Pique on Xavi
"He signifies our way of playing, the culture of La Masía, everything. He is one of those emblematic players who have helped to make Barcelona even bigger"
Cesc Fabregas on Xavi
"One of the big mistakes people make is to talk about who can be the next Xavi, to keep looking for him. We waste time constantly looking for the replacement for Xavi? There will never be another Xavi."
Sir Alex Ferguson on Xavi
“It wasn't really Messi who was the problem. It was Iniesta and Xavi. They can keep the ball all night long.”
Andres Iniesta on Xavi
"I have run out of compliments for him. There is no-one who can compare to what he represents as a person and a player. His statistics, the years, the feelings he conjures up, his way of doing things are beyond words. He is a unique player, unrepeatable and he has been fundamental to the club and Spain. It is a true pleasure and privilege to have played alongside him for my entire career."
Pep Guardiola on Xavi
"I hope future players learn from him in the way that I learned from his love for the game. There wasn’t a single day went by when I didn’t see him enjoy it. There would be a friendly and he would play. When he was injured, he would play, or he would do everything to be back soon. He is the most amateur player I know, and at the same time the most professional player too, such is his love for football."
Jorge Valdano on Xavi
"If football was a science, Xavi would have discovered the formula. With a ball at his feet, no one else has ever communicated so intelligently with every player on the pitch.”
Iker Casillas on Xavi
“People ask me every year who [I'd] take out of the Barcelona team to give us a better chance of winning and every year I tell them the same: Xavi. His control and use of the ball make him their best player.”
Thiago Alcantara on Xavi
"Xavi is eternal. Even when he is not at his very best level physically, he plays a kind of football that gives oxygen to a team, play, speed. It makes me sad to think that I won’t be able to watch Xavi [in Europe] for more time. He’ll always have that level. He is football. He is one of those players that has made Barcelona what it is today.”
Jamie Carragher on Xavi
"He is the best Spanish player of all time and the finest midfielder of his type I have seen. Growing up, the midfield orchestrators were Lothar Matthaus and Frank Rijkaard. More recently, we have marvelled at Juventus’s Andrea Pirlo, who will be trying to ruin Xavi’s send-off on Saturday night. We don’t make players of that type in Britain. Xavi, however, is on another level."
Leo Messi on Xavi
"He is the best player in the history of Spanish football."