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Hello footie passionate! From today and throughout the next few weeks we’ll analyze the best La Liga stars. How did they start in football? When did they sign up in the Spanish football? Why are they the best? You’ll discover all you want to know about them!
Today, we will gossip about the best midfielder in Barça, Xavi Hernández, both about his life in the Catalan club when he was just a kid and a teenager and about his achievements in Barça’s main team.
- Chilhood and first contact with football
Xavi Hernández was born in Terrassa (Barcelona, Catalonia) on the 25th of January 1980. His passion for football runs in the family since his father had been both football player and coach even in first division. People who know Xavi from way back say that he is a good guy, discreet, and that he is always playing football. The best midfielder of Barça moved to ‘La Masia’ (the youth academy of Barcelona team) when he was just 11, and he still persists in Barça!
- His debut at the first team
Xavi made his competitive debut on the 18th of August of 1998, in the first-leg of the Spanish Super cup against Real Mallorca. Louis Van Gaal was the coach who trusted in him. During the following season (1998-99) Xavi played both for Barça first team and Barça B. One of Xavi’s first achievements was the goal he scored against Valladolid, which gave the victory to Barça by 0-1. The team was in the 10th position in La Liga, and thanks to that goal, the team improved and in the end won La Liga title.
- Barça, Spanish National Team and his current situation
Since 1999-2000 season Xavi started playing regularly (he would play sometimes and sometimes Pep Guardiola would). When Pep moved to Brescia, Xavi became indispensable for the team. Later on, when Frank Rijkaard signed for Barça as the new coach, the team restarted winning titles. The Champions League on the 17th of May 2006 against Arsenal, was the most special title they won.
From 2009, when Guardiola became Barça’s coach, Xavi rose the top because of the titles the club won and because he played better than ever before. Moreover, in 2009 Xavi was the 3rd most voted footballer to win the ‘Ballon d’Or’ and he became the first Catalan player to achieve it.
Xavi has also been an indispensable player at the Spanish National Team. The midfielder has achieved 1 World Cup and 2 Euro Cup with the team.
Xavi Hernández is one of the best players in the world. No doubts.