Xavi Hernandez has played his 700th match for FC Barcelona against Getafe FC for Copa del Rey. That’s an amazing feat for the player and the club. It shows his loyalty to Barcelona and his dedication to his club. Xavi has been playing with Barcelona since 1991; I’ll do the math for you: That means he’s been playing for them since he was 10-years-old. Obviously, he didn’t start off in first team at 10-years-old. He started in its academy then moved to Barcelona B before ultimately becoming a starter for the Barcelona first team.
Xavi is one of Barcelona’s best midfielders if not one of the best midfielders in the world. He may not have the worldwide reputation of Leo Messi, but without him Barcelona would not be where it is today. Also, he is a top player on Spain’s national team which is the current World Cup champion and getting ready to defend this summer. Maybe Xavi didn’t score the winning goal against the Netherlands in the World Cup final – that was Andre Iniesta — but Spain wouldn’t be there to face them without Xavi.
There have been rumors of Xavi going to the MLS and more particularly to the New York Red Bulls. During the SuperDraft Red Bulls coach Mike Petke said:
“You never know with Red Bull. If we feel it’s the right fit in the field and Red Bull feel it’s the right fit in the marketing sense, then anything can happen.”
But Xavi quickly squashed those rumors saying that he has not been contacted by any and that he hopes to stay in Barcelona. Although Red Bulls may have the cash it doesn’t have the powerful lineup that Barcelona has to offer. I see no reason why Xavi would ever want to give up Barcelona for New York.