Formerly of FC Barcelona and the national squad of Spain, Xavi is a professional footballer who currently plays central midfield for Al Sadd of Qatar.
He was born into the world of professional football, and from the age of eleven onward, he trained at the Barcelona youth academy La Masia, where he learned the importance of teamwork.
After that, he helped Barcelona win a tonne of trophies, including eight La Liga and four Champions League championships. He has more international experience than any other player in Barcelona’s history. He helped the Spanish under-20 team win the 1999 World Cup and the Olympic silver medal in 2000.
Spanish success at the 2010 World Cup, as well as the 2008 and 2012 European Championships, can be directly attributed to his penchant for pinpoint passing. He is considered the best player in Spanish football history and one of the finest midfielders of all time.
Childhood & Early Life
Xavier Hernández Creus entered the world on January 25, 1980, in Terrassa, Barcelona, Catalonia. Joaquim Sr. played professional football in the Spanish first division for Sabadell.
At the age of eleven, he enrolled in Barcelona’s La Masia program, where he quickly ascended through the ranks to earn a berth on Josep Maria Gonzalvo’s promoted Barcelona B team.
He grew up idolizing English midfielders Paul Scholes, John Barnes, Paul Gascoigne, and Matt Le Tissier, as well as Barça coach Pep Guardiola.
On May 5, 1998, Xavi made his first team debut against Lleida, and three months later, in the Super Cup final versus Mallorca, he scored his first professional goal.
On October 3, 1998, he made his La Liga debut against Valencia. In 1999, he was crowned La Liga’s “Breakthrough Player of the Year” after his team won the Spanish title.
Xavi’s 56% win rate is the worst of any Barça coach with 50+ games since in 2001 😬 pic.twitter.com/IGTl6sFvBH
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Over the next two years, he was the team’s primary playmaker, assisting on 27 goals while scoring 7.
During the 2004–05 season, he served as vice-captain and was voted “La Liga Spanish Player of the Year” in 2005 after leading Barcelona to league and cup titles.
Later that season, he suffered a leg injury and missed four months of action, missing his team’s 2006 UEFA Champions League Final victory. Both La Liga and the Supercopa de Espaa were repeated victories for Barcelona that year.
After contemplating a move to Bayern Munich during the 2008–09 season, he ultimately decided to remain with Barcelona after being persuaded to do so by coach Pep Guardiola. By the end of the year, he had accumulated a total of 29 assists, 20 of which came in La Liga.
He contributed to their 2009 Copa del Rey and 2009 Champions League final victories, both of which they won with a 4-1 score against Athletic Bilbao and a 2-1 score against Manchester United, respectively. He played such an important role that he was named “UEFA Champions League best midfielder” for his efforts.
He again led all players in assists for a La Liga champion team in 2009-10, this time with Barcelona.
In 2010, he finished behind Lionel Messi and Andrés Iniesta of Barcelona in the voting for the FIFA Ballon d’Or.
Early in 2011, he surpassed Migueli’s record of 549 appearances to become Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer. In that season, he scored a goal and assisted on another as they won the Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup, respectively, both against Manchester United and the Brazilian team Santos.
Xavi Net Worth 2022
Xavi Hernandez, a professional footballer (soccer player) for the Spanish national team, has a net worth of $40 million.
Awards & Achievements
Xavi was honored as the “UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year” for 2008–09 and the “UEFA European Championship Player of the Tournament” in 2008. He took home the “Prince of Asturias Award for Sports” in 2010 and again in 2012. For more updates, you can visit on TheActivenews.Com.