Barcelona's midfielder Xavi Hernandez gestures during a press conference at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi, near Barcelona on May 21, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JOSEP LAGO
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Widely regarded as one of the best playmakers the game has produced, Xavi has been the tireless dynamo at the heart of a glittering run for his club and country, effortlessly controlling play in the central areas and able to pierce even the most stubborn defenses in a heartbeat.The 35-year-old from Terrassa announced Thursday he was leaving Barca after more than two decades with the Catalan club he joined aged 11, during which he has won 23 titles, including three Champions League crowns and eight La Liga trophies.The La Liga triumph Barca secured with victory at Atletico Madrid Sunday was Xavi's eighth and he was given a standing ovation by fans of both sides at the Calderon when he replaced Andres Iniesta in the second half.Iniesta paid tribute this week to Xavi, with whom has he has won pretty much everything there is to win in football.
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