File - Spain's midfielder Xavi Hernandez drives the ball during their FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group B football match against Nigeria, at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza on June 23, 2013. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE
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Xavi Hernandez's position as one of the most-decorated and important players in the history of Spanish, and Catalan, football cannot be questioned.Alongside the likes of Andres Iniesta and Iker Casillas he turned around the label of the Spanish national side from perennial underachievers to champions, triumphing at the 2010 World Cup and the last two European Championships.Xavi, who emerged in the Spain teams that won the World Youth Championship in 1999 and then took Olympic gold in Sydney in 2000, said that last season was "perhaps the worst of my career" and he had hinted in the spring that he would continue playing away from Barcelona.
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