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Xavier Hernandez Creus, widely known as Xavi, is one of the greatest midfielders of all time. The former Spanish footballer was known for his passing ability, positioning, and ball retention. The legend started his football from La Masia, the

Barcelona

youth academy, made his debut for Barcelona's senior side in August 1998 against

Mallorca

.

During his professional career, the king of passing, Xavi, served Barcelona more than any other club. During 17 years, he played 767 matches and scored 85 times for Blaugrana. The Spain boy is the first footballer in Barcelona history to play 150 European and FIFA Club World Cup matches combined.

Xavi won significant trophies, including the La Liga title on eight occasions, three Copa del Rey titles, and the UEFA Champions League title four times during his spell at Barcelona. In the 2009 FIFA World Player of the Year, the legend came in third. In 2015 Xavi left Barcelona and joined Al Sadd, where he won one Qatar Stars League title and the 2017 Emir of Qatar Cup.

Before making his debut for Spain's senior side in 2000, Xavi won the FIFA World Youth Championship in 1999, and at the 2000 Olympics, he achieved the Olympic silver medal. At the 2010 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2008, and UEFA Euro 2012, he was one of the key players in Spain's victory. The Spanish legend announced his retirement from international football after the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

IFFHS awarded Xavi World's Best Playmaker four times. Due to his 32 trophies in his career, Xavi became the second-most decorated Spanish player in history. After retirement, he was named as a manager of Al-Sadd in 2019.

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Xavi Hernandez Information

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Xavi Hernandez biography

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Xavi hernandez Bio

  • Full Name:

    Xavier Hernandez Creus

  • Nickname:

    Xavi, La Computadora, The Puppet Master

  • Profession:

    Professional Football Manager

Xavi Hernandez Physical Stats

  • Height:

    170

  • Eye Color:

    Black

  • Hair Color:

    Black

Weight:

68

            

Xavi Hernandez Football Information

  • Positon:

    Midfielder

  • Professional Debut:

    5 May 1998

Jersey Number:

6

Xavi Hernandez Date of Birth and Personal Info

  • Date of Birth:

    25 January 1980

  • Birth Place:

    Terrassa, Spain

  • Zodiac Sign:

    Aquarius

  • Nationality:

    Spanish

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Xavi Hernandez Early Life

In this part of our article on

Xavi Hernandez biography

, we will review some facts about

Xavi Hernandez childhood

and family facts, from his early days to the time he became famous. Football fans know about Xavi's abilities, but few consider his bio, which is quite interesting.

Xavi Hernandez date of birth

is 25 January 1980 in Terrassa, Spain.

Xavi Hernandez nationality

is Spanish. His father, Joaquim Hernandez, is a former footballer who played in several clubs, including Barcelona. In the case of

Xavi Hernandez religion

, you might know that the legend respects the Islamic religion.

Due to his father was a professional footballer, the legend comes from rich football family background. From childhood, he was interested in watching English football games, and his family, who saw his interest in football, guided him to the right path. It's worth mentioning that Xavi's role model was Pep Guardiola.

It is interesting to know that his mother, Maria Merce, Creus was a big fan of Barcelona.

"I have had offers in the past to leave, but she always insisted that my place is here in Barcelona, that I am better off at home, that I should succeed at Barcelona, and many times she has worked hard to ensure I stay. When I was 18, we had a sort of 'war' in my house to stop me from leaving. My mother has always been very stubborn about me staying at Barca,"

said the legendry midfielder.

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Xavi Hernandez Profile

In this section of Sportmob's article of

Xavi Hernandez bio

, we will present you with Xavi Hernandez's profile, which includes his style of play, goal celebration, and reception.

At the age of 11, a little Spanish boy joined La Masia, Barcelona's youth system. After becoming a key player in the youth side, he played in Barcelona B under Josep Maria Gonzalvo. Once, the legend said:

"I've been lucky enough to be brought up on the Barcelona ethos, which has taught me the value of being part of a team. 'Today for you, tomorrow for me.' Those qualities are essential for life in general."

Xavi Hernandez made his debut for Barcelona's senior side on 5 May 1998, against Lleida in Copa Catalunya. On 18 August 1998, the legend scored his first goal against Mallorca in the Super Cup final. The Spanish midfielder made his La Liga debut against

Valencia

on 3 October 1998.

From 2001 to 2002, Barcelona was going bankrupt, but in these years, Xavi provided 20 assists and scored seven goals. In the 2004–05 season, the Puppet Master was named the club's vice-captain.

In 2005, the legend was named La Liga Spanish Player of the Year. After Euro 2008, Xavi wanted to leave Barcelona and join

Bayern Munich

. But Pep Guardiola, Barca's new coach at the time, convinced him that he was one of the team's key players. 

"Xavi is a player who has the Barcelona DNA, someone who has the taste for good football, someone who is humble, and someone who has loyalty to this club. From the first moment I saw him play, I knew he would become the brain behind Barcelona for many years to come,"

said Pep in 2008.

In Barcelona's treble, Xavi Hernandez was one of the key players, and in the 2009 Copa del Rey Final, he scored one of the team's four goals against

Athletic Bilbao

. One of the Spanish midfielder notable matches was 6-2 El Clasico over the Whites. Sir Alex Ferguson praised the combination of Xavi and Andres Iniesta, before the 2009 Champions League final, where Barcelona defeated Manchester United.

"I don't think Xavi and Iniesta have ever given the ball away in their lives. They get you on that carousel, and they can leave you dizzy."

Xavi signed a new contract with the Blaugrana on 9 June 2010 and in that year, finished third in 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or behind

Lionel Messi

and

Andres Iniesta

. The legend was named "UEFA Champions League best midfielder" for his passing abilities and contribution during the 2008–09 Champions League campaign. In the La Liga match against Levante, the Spanish legend made his 549th appearance on 2 January 2011. Later the king of passing became the club's most capped player.

During his 17 years at Barcelona, the creative midfielder won La Liga title eight times, Copa del Rey title on three occasions, Supercopa de Espana title six times, UEFA Champions League title on four occasions, two UEFA Super Cups, and two FIFA Club World Cups.

Xavi scored 85 goals and provided 184 assists for his teammates during his spell at Catalans. On 6 June 2015, the midfielder made his final appearance for Barcelona against

Juventus

in the Champions League final as Barcelona won its fifth European Cup. 

On 21 May 2015, La Computadora announced that he would join Al Sadd. "I’ve been at the club for almost 25 years but this is the time for me to leave. I have a thrilling project in

Qatar

, I will play for

Al-Sadd

the next two seasons. I also have an enthusiastic project in the Aspire academy [a sporting academy based in Qatar]," said Barcelona icon.

On 13 September 2015, the Spanish star made his debut for Al-Sadd against Mesaimeer. Xavi scored his first goal against Umm Salal in a 2-2 draw. On 29 April 2017, the legend won his first trophy in the Qatar Cup.

In May 2019, Xavi Hernandez played the final game of his professional career; the legend midfielder won one Qatar Stars League title, 2017 Emir of Qatar Cup, 2017 Qatar Cup, and 2017 Qatari Super Cup during four years at the Arabic club.

At the international level, Xavi had extraordinary performances. He represented his country at the 2000 Olympics, four World Cups, three UEFA European Championships, and two Confederations Cups. The Puppet Master won the 2010 FIFA World Cup and two UEFA European Championships with Spain national side.

The midfielder legend announced his retirement after the 2014 World Cup. Following his retirement, Vicente del Bosque said:

"We will miss him both on and off the pitch. He is a player who we hold in great esteem both personally and as a player. He is and always will be a person and a player who is greatly valued by the federation, the coaching staff and by myself."

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Style of Play

Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez is regarded as one of the best midfielders of all time. Due to his ability to find space, Xavi is always remembered as one of the best deep-lying playmakers. Once, he said,

"That's what I do: look for spaces. All day. I'm always looking."

An agile, composed, and technical footballer was known for performing a 360 degree turn when in possession involved him. When he was younger, he played as a center-back before changing his position to the midfielder. His accurate passing ability, read of the game, and excellent off the ball movement, was praised by football lovers. During the 2010 World Cup, Xavi secured a 91% passing success rate. Sandro Rosell, Barcelona's former president, believed that Xavi, alongside Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, and Andres Iniesta fulfilled the tiki-taka style of play.

"I think I haven't changed at all to what I am now. I've been a passer since a young age. I liked passing with the rest of the players and my friends when we played football on the streets, in the main square, and at school. I think I was very similar to what people see in the stadium,"

Xavi Hernandez said about his style of play in 2014.

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Reception

Undoubtedly, Xavi Hernandez is one of the greatest midfielders of all time. Barcelona fans will never forget his accurate passes. His passing ability was always praised by former and current footballers. 

Andres Iniesta, his former teammate at Barcelona, said:

“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.” 

Also, Pep Guardiola, Barcelona's former manager, said:

“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.”

Goal Celebration

Xavi Hernandez is one of the best midfielders in Barcelona history and scored crucial goals for the Catalans. But he didn't have any unique goal celebration and celebrated his goals differently.

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Xavi Hernandez Outside Football

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Xavi Hernandez's great hobby is mushroom hunting, and he is passionate about it. Once he said: "

I am passionate about it since a long time ago my family enjoys this too my grandfather, my parents who encourage me to do this so when I have time especially in autumn I go to the mountain to "hunt" it's great it is a great hobby."

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Xavi Hernandez Personal Life

In this part of Sportmob's article on Xavi Hernandez Biography, we will bring you fascinating information about his love life, dating history, and children. Stay tuned to read more on

Xavi Hernandez life story

.

Family, Children, and Relationships

Back in 2012, Xavi Hernandez and Carles Puyol fell in love with the same girl. Nuria Cunillera, the fashion journalist, was the love of two Barcelona players. At the time, both footballers ended their previous relationship and fell in love with Cunillera.

The defender knew that she was interested in Xavi, but he still insisted on having a relationship with the hottie. When two teammates confronted each other, something awful was about to happen, but fortunately, everything ended well. However, since then, Xavi and Puyol have not been on the best of terms.

Finally, it was Xavi who popped the question, and the lovebirds got married in 2013. The majority of Barcelona footballers, including Anders Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Jordi Alba, Javier Mascherano, Victor Valdez, and Cesc Fabregas, attended the Xavi and Cunillera's wedding ceremony. Carles Puyol did not attend the ceremony, and we think you know why.

The couple's daughter, Asia Hernandez Cunillera, was born on 3 January 2016, and the lovebirds' son, Dan Hernandez Cunillera, was born in 2018.

Philanthropy

It is interesting to know if Xavi Hernandez has had any background in philanthropy and humanitarian work. 

Xavi donated his private yacht to a charity organization from Badalona, the NGO Proactiva Open Arms. Also, Xavi and his wife donated €1million to Barcelona's Hospital Clinic to fight against coronavirus. The Spanish legend said:

"Thanks to the contributions they are receiving, they can get equipment for health personnel and patients."

In 2011, the legendary midfielder was named the captain of the FIFA Team of the Year and was awarded $130,000 by FIFA. But, he donated his award to ICRC for the Red Cross’s physical rehabilitation program.

At the time, Xavi said, 

"It is an honor to be part of the team and also to be captain. It is an honor to represent European and world football, and in this case, we are helping people who are more vulnerable and who need it – so I am proud in that sense."

He continued:

“It is very important to help. We are privileged people in society. We have it good through living our passion. It is a profession of course, but it is also a hobby and a passion. So, to be able to help people who need it, it is a beautiful cause, and I feel very proud.”

Legal Issues

Xavi Hernandez, one of the best footballers of all time, has had no legal disputes throughout his life.

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Xavi Hernandez Career Statistics

Now is the time to review Xavi Hernandez's career on the club and international level.

Club

Xavi Hernandez, one of the greatest midfielders of all time, played 875 matches for two clubs (Barcelona and Al-Sadd). The legendry midfielder scored 109 goals and provided 212 assists for his teammates.

International

On the international level, Xavi Hernandez scored 12 times in 133 appearances that he made for Spain national team. He also played for Spain U21, U20, U18, U17, and the Spain Olympic team.

Managerial career 

On 28 May 2019, he was appointed as manager of Al-Sadd. The Spanish manager helped the Arabic side reached the AFC Champions League's the semi-finals.

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Xavi Hernandez Honors

The last part of our article on Xavi Hernandez's bio is about his honors and achievements. The Spanish midfielder won La Liga title eight times, Copa del Rey title on three occasions, Supercopa de Espana title six times, UEFA Champions League title on four occasions, two UEFA Super Cups, and two FIFA Club World Cups during his spell at the Catalan giants.

During his spell at Al-Sadd, the midfielder won one Qatar Stars League title, 2017 Emir of Qatar Cup, 2017 Qatar Cup, and 2017 Qatari Super Cup. 

At the international level, Xavi won the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and UEFA European Championship (2008, 2012).

He also won FIFA World Youth Championship in 1999 with Spain youth side. 

His notable individual achievements are La Liga top assist provider (two times), World Soccer Player of the Year (2010), UEFA European Championship Player of the Tournament (2008), UEFA Best Player in Europe Award Second place (one time), UEFA Champions League top assist provider (2008-09), IFFHS World's Best Playmaker (four times), and La Liga Midfielder of the Year (three times).

As a manager, the Spanish legend won the 2020 Qatar Cup, 2019 Qatari Super Cup, 2020 Emir of Qatar Cup, and Qatari Stars Cup (one time).

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