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Name Xavi Hernandez
Gender Male
Ethnic Catalan
Job Catalan Footballer


Org Spain National Team
Club as Player Barcelona FC

2013 11 05 Retrieve

[Xavi Hernandez on Paul Scholes] In the last 15 to 20 years the best central midfielder that I have seen - the most complete - is Scholes. I have spoken with Xabi Alonso about this many times. Scholes is a spectacular player who has everything. He can play the final pass, he can score, he is strong, he never gets knocked off the ball and he doesn’t give possession away. If he had been Spanish then maybe he would have been valued more

2014 07 12 Retrieve

[2010 World Cup winner Xavi Hernandez on Philipp Lahm] Philipp Lahm is a top player with a lot of personality and you can play him at the back, in the middle and he is good going forward. He is clearly not stopping in his pursuit to simply get better and better

2016 04 09 Retrieve

[Xavi on Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier] In Catalonia there used to be a half-hour programme every Monday where they’d show the best goals from the Premier League. Every week, Matt Le Tissier would be on the show. I’m talking outrageous, sickening goals. Straight in the top corner, left-foot flick and then right over the defender and score against Newcastle. We used to say: ‘This guy, Le Tissier, is outrageous and he never goes to a big team. He stays at Southampton. It’s incredible. He could play for anyone.’ Our whole house was obsessed with him

2016 09 09 Retrieve

[Xavi tells why former Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi remains the best player in world football] Ronaldo is a player of his time, the problem is that there is another who has been pretty much the best player in history. Ronaldo is extraordinary but compared to Messi, for me and for everyone who likes football, there can be no comparisons. Messi will be number one until he wants [to stop]. He’s superior to everyone and is the best in the world, unless you are Real Madrid

2017 03 11 Retrieve

[Xavi tells he wants to coach his former club one day] My aim is to arrive as a coach at Barcelona. You never know what will happen, it’s not only up to me. It depends on what you’re capable of, the situation, the moment, the circumstances. But my objective, what I want to do, it’s certain that it’s to work for FC Barcelona

2017 07 15 Retrieve

[Xavi makes his intentions for the future clear] I want to be a manager, I don’t want to hide it. And obviously I don’t want to hide the fact that sooner or later, I want to be manager of Barcelona. But first, I have to learn and that’s not a one month, two month or three month process, but takes years. To coach Barcelona, you have to be very, very well trained but, as I said, my dream is to sit on Barça’s bench as manager one day

2018 05 26 Retrieve

[Xavi writes an open letter to Andres Iniesta to pay tribute to his former Barcelona and Spain team-mate] For me Andres is the most talented player in the history of Spain. He is a leader on the pitch, who always wants the ball. Do you know the importance of that? When many don’t want the ball anywhere near them because there is no way out, he asks for it. Andres always wants the ball. He is a blessing for his team-mates

2018 12 04 Retrieve

[Xavi on Matt Le Tissier ability] He could simply dribble past seven or eight players but without speed – he just walked past them

2019 09 28 Retrieve

[Xavi on former Barcelona team-mate Pep Guardiola] Pep Guardiola is the best coach in the world and I am a novice. The comparison happened as a player but now we can’t be compared. I am in love with Pep Guardiola’s football. You can win playing football in different ways but I like the one of City and Guardiola the most. I follow the Premier League a lot and I like it