Xavier Hernàndez Creus, also known as Xavi, was born on 25 January 1980. Joaquim, his father, was a former football player for Sabadell and played in the first division. With his father's influence, at the age of 11, Xavi joined FC Barcelona's La Masia. It is a youth academy of Barcelona that trains future world-class players. He made his way up to reserve teams, and soon became a key member for the Barcelona B team managed by Josep Maria Gonzalvo.

Growing up, Xavi admired Pep Guardiola, and also was a big fan of English football and players such as Paul Gascoigne, John Barnes, and Matt Le Tissier.


Xavi's debut as a Barcelona youth academy player was against Mallorca in 1998. Starting from this time, during his career, he played approximately 700 matches and scored 85 goals. He is the first football player in FC Barcelona's history to play 150 FIFA Cub World Cup and European games.

Xavi’s titles with Barcelona FC include 8 La Liga titles and 4 EUFA Champions League titles. For his club, he won 31 trophies in total. In 2009, Xavi became third in the rank of FIFA World Player of the Year.


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