Xavi Hernandez will never play another competitive game on the immaculate Camp Nou field for as long as he lives.
OK, that was incredibly weird (and not fun at all) to write. It felt very, very wrong, but sometimes life just works like that.
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On Saturday, Xavi, arguably the best midfielder to ever play the game — and unquestionably the best midfielder of his generation — played his final game at the Camp Nou, Barcelona’s cathedral of a soccer arena, upon announcing this week that this summer he will leave the only club he’s ever known throughout his 17-year career.
Barca drew 2-2 with Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday, a result which saves Deportivo from relegation, and Xavi was given the kind of standing ovation that a legend of his stature so richly deserves.
Xavi in tears: “Many thanks for everything.” pic.twitter.com/sihhcRjDj8
— Leo Messi (@messi10stats) May 23, 2015
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) May 23, 2015
Unsurprisingly, Xavi was moved to tears as he exited the Camp Nou field one last time in front of nearly 100,000 standing, applauding, singing, crying and reminiscing fans. Prior to kickoff, the fans paid homage to Xavi’s illustrious career with this massive tifo.