Xavi Hernandez, born January 25, 1980 in Terrassa, Spain, is a Spanish former professional soccer player. He is considered one of the best midfielders of all time and had a long and distinguished career with Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Spanish national team.
Xavi joined Barcelona's youth system at the age of 11 and quickly showed his talent. He made his debut with the first team in 1998 and has contributed to numerous trophies over the years, including eight La Liga championships and four Champions Leagues. Xavi is known for his elegant and intelligent playing style, with great ability in ball possession and distribution of play.
With the Spanish national team, Xavi achieved great success, culminating in the victory of the 2010 FIFA World Championship and the 2008 and 2012 UEFA European Championship. Xavi was a key element in Spain's passing and possession game, becoming one of the symbols of the so-called "tiki-taka", a style of play based on ball possession and rapid passing.
After spending most of his career at Barcelona, Xavi moved to Qatari club Al-Sadd in 2015, where he continued to showcase his skills and win titles. In 2019, he announced his retirement from playing soccer. In 2022 he become Barcelona manager, role which he has also in 2023.