- Xavi Hernández has revealed he will retire from playing active football at the end of the season
- The 39-year-old Xavi told the press he plans to become a manager after retiring as a football player
- Xavi won eight La Liga titles, three Copa del Reys, four Champions League, the World Cup, two-time European Cup champion and a hosts of other individual awards
Spain and Barcelona legend Xavi Hernández has revealed plans to quit active football at the end of the current season.
According to AS.com, the 39-year-old Xavi told the press in Doha, he plans to become a manager after retiring as a football player.
"This is my last season as a player, but I am looking forward to see what the future holds for me as a manager," noted the former Barca captain, who bows out on a high after winning the Qatar league this term.
Xavi will be looking forward to bring his years of experience as a player to the touchline soon.
"My philosophy as a manager reflects the style that we developed for many years under the influence of Johan Cruyff and from La Masia and its main exponent is in the way Barcelona play.
“I love the see the teams that take the initiative on the field, attacking football and go back to that place we all loved since the days of our youth: possession football."
Interestingly, Xavi, who featured in 769 games for Barcelona before arriving Qatar in 2015 also took out time to outline one of the major benefits he enjoyed as a football star.
"Football is a great tool to unite people and change lives for the better,” Xavi submitted, even as he seeks to add the Amir Cup and the Asian Champions League to his trophy cabinet.
At the last count, Xavi won eight La Liga titles, three Copa del Reys and four Champions League.
The Spaniard is also a World Cup winner, two-time European Cup champion alongside a host of other individual honours.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has expressed his displeasure with the club's fans over their treatment of Philippe Coutinho during Champions League win over Liverpool at the Camp Nou.
Messi scored a brace during the first leg of the semi final tie, including a sensational free-kick late in the second half to gift his side a crucial win over the Premier League club.
Liverpool dominated proceedings in the opening exchanges of the clash played at Camp Nou, forcing the hosts to rethink their system and formation.
Coutinho had been deployed alongside Messi and Suarez to lead the attack-line, but the Brazilian was unimpressive, leading to his substitution on the hour mark.
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