Xavi officially announces his retirement

FC Barcelona leg­end Xavi Her­nan­dez have offi­cial­ly announced his retire­ment. The for­mer Bar­ca man who has been play­ing pro­fes­sion­al foot­ball for 21 years will hang his boot in the sum­mer of 2019.

While in Qatar, he spoke to the media telling a sto­ry of a 15 years old boy named Umesh Rathod he met in Mum­bai, India who used the foot­ball to avoid the com­pli­cat­ed life he was faced with at a ten­der age.

Telling the sto­ry, he linked it up to the pas­sion he has for the sport and announced he will stop his pro­fes­sion­al career as a foot­baller by the end of the sea­son.

.…with­in Umesh, I saw joy and hap­pi­ness that the sport (foot­ball) had cre­at­ed. This remind­ed me of when I was dying to suc­ceed. In the next four weeks, I will play my final game as a pro­fes­sion­al foot­baller.

It will be the end as a play­er on the pitch but not the end of him in the sport. “This will be my last sea­son as a play­er but I want to see what the future holds for me as a coach.” said the 39 years old.

He added; “I would like to fin­ish my final sea­son on top of the Amir Cup and reach the next lev­el of the Asian Cham­pi­ons League”.

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