Barcelona and Spain legend Xavi Hernandez announces plans to retire at end of the season
Posted: 10 November 2017 Time: 14:02
Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez has revealed he will retire from playing professional football at the end of the season and plans to go into coaching.
The 37-year-old is one of the world’s most decorated players, having won eight La Liga titles, four Champions League trophies, the World Cup and two European Championships crowns.
And Xavi, who currently plays for Qatari side Al-Sadd Sports Club following his exit from Barca in 2015, has confirmed he will be bringing an end to his two-decade long playing career at the end of the current term.
“I’ve had luck not to be injured and I think my career has come towards its end,” Xavi told Spanish newspaper Sport.
“There's been a descent. Qatar allowed me this. Now I see myself being more tired, it's harder to recover, it will surely be my last year of being a footballer.
“I have the idea of getting my coaching license next year and being a coach.”