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Tribute to Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez

Posted: 6 August 2014 Time: 12:37

Spanish journalist Antonio Aragon pays tribute to ‘the lighthouse’, Xavi Hernandez, after he bade farewell to international football.

Xavi Hernández, arguably the best Spanish player of history, has announced his retirement from international football.

It was not unexpected; he was close to leaving the team in 2012 (after the Euro Championships, but Vicente del Bosque persuaded him to stay), and then there was Spain’s disappointing World Cup in Brazil.

The lighthouse of the tiki-taka, of the most successful period of Spanish soccer, honoured with two European Championships and one World Cup, will be so difficult – almost impossible – to find a replacement for.

In fact, Del Bosque admitted after the news broke that Xavi was “more important” for Spain than even him.

An architect of the impossible and the brain of the most beautiful soccer, Xavi quits the Spanish team after 133 caps and 14 years of glorious service, mostly concentrated on the last six, coinciding with the amazing age of Spanish soccer.

His idyll with Spain started time ago, in 1999, when he led – along with Iker Casillas – the team who won the Under-20 World Cup.

Since then we have seen ‘tempo’ and silk for the construction of the beautiful game; intelligence and an eagerness for caressing the ball, rather than playing unnecessary long balls.

He became a leader who truly believed in the philosophy which brought so much success to club and country. Pep Guardiola and Luis Aragonés sought it crystalline and gave him the prominence based on the refined threat of the ball.

He commanded, with his best friend Andres Iniesta, the relevance of this style, becoming soccer in poetry until the age and exacerbated amount of games made his performances slower and predictable.

But he will always persist with his magical vision and the precision of his assists, like the deep one that played Fernando Torres in for the winning goal at Euro 2008.

Unfairly, he never received the Ballon D’Or, a prize that would have rewarded the supremacy of the hedonist style he maintained. But Xavo never complained about it; he was a team worker and never wanted the role of superstar. He trusts that the secret of success resides on the power of the collective. That’s exactly what happened with Spain and recently with Germany.

Xavi has been convinced by Luis Enrique to stay at Barcelona for at least two more years, but for Spain the tedious task of finding his successor now starts.

Meanwhile, Spanish supporters and soccer admirals can only be thankful for his beautiful service which made Spain the powerhouse of world football – and in the most beautiful manner.

Hasta siempre Xavi...

Livefyre comments on this story...

Mabhebhane
posted: 2014-08-06 10:52:57

Thit is what we call Adidas on the Spanish giant not the  Adibas from our neighbours in Orlando with a fake star

former buc_champ
posted: 2014-08-06 11:18:39

I've never seen a player this important show so much humility. He's a true son of the game, one that every player need to aspire to be like. Without this guy messi would've just been another talented player but thanks to him, his style of play, his vision of the game and his love for it, messi is what he is today and so Barcelona and Spain too. This is a player that I would say deserve every accolade and praise given to him, he is one player that I can say truly deserve it all. I can't say we'll never see his kind of player but I can definitely say without a shadow of a doubt that there is only one Xavi Hernandez. Barcelona are still so lucky to have him around for a few more years as a player and should thank their lucky stars for him agreeing to help out. Long live the maestro of tiki taka, long live xavo! Once and always bucs.

former buc_champ
posted: 2014-08-06 11:23:44

Mabhebhane this is not the place for your clueless animal tendencies, its here where we paid tribute to a son of the game's illustrious career in which I dedicated himself wholeheartedly to the game, gave it his all. So shut up zebbie! Once and always bucs.

DoubleActionTsekof
posted: 2014-08-06 11:38:45

Buc-champ 14 Ai bhakaniya these days your comments are on point udleni?

CJB Ramses III
posted: 2014-08-06 11:40:29

Sho… I almost fell off my Rhino… "..the lighthouse switches off…" I couldn't believe that a KickOff jour no could come up with a headline from such profound poetry… ho kanti neg its just something you got elsewhere… *…Ok, lets ride on Rhino…*

Ancestor
posted: 2014-08-06 11:45:07

HAIL TO HIM

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