The Barcelona central midfielder, Xavi Hernandez is ready to come to a halt in his career and prepares to move in to coaching when he finally does.
‘I’ve had luck not to be injured and I think my career has come towards its end,’ Xavi told Spanish newspaper Sport.
He is the first Barcelona player in history to play 150 international matches.
He has gathered 133 caps for Spain in an international career that spanned 14 years, also excited his fans by revealing his intention to look to qualify for his coaching badges straight away.
He won the U-20 World Cup for Spain in 1999, and the Olympic Silver Medal at the 2000 Olympics.
Xavi played an integral role in Spain’s victory at the 2010 World Cup, as well as their successes at both Euro 2008 and Euro 2012.
The 37-year-old has won 31 trophies, only surpassed by Andres Iniesta as the most successful Spanish player in history.
After leaving Barcelona for Qatari side Al Sadd in 2015, Xavi says he has been given the kind of ‘descent’ he wanted for his career but feels as though his ageing body is finally starting to rebel.
“My body is getting more tired easily and not easily recovered, this will surely be my last year in my football career,” he said.
Considered to be one of the most intelligent midfielders of his generation, Xavi fits the bill for management and could follow the same path trodden by Pep Guardiola, who starred for Barcelona on the pitch before doing the same in the dugout.
He was a runner up to Lionel Messi for the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award 2011.
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