Best Champions League moments from Barcelona’s Xavi Hernandez
Barcelona’s metronomic midfield maestro Xavi Hernandez will play his last game in a Barcelona shirt against Juventus in the final of the Champions League, as he bids to add a fourth medal to his collection from Europe’s elite competition.
Having won UEFA’s best midfielder award for the 2008/09 season, a campaign which also saw him named man-of-the-match in Barcelona’s 2-0 Champions League final triumph over Manchester United, this sublime 35-year-old is one of the most decorated players in the world, and a victory against the Turin titans will be a fitting end to his Barca career.
His side are odds-on at 4/11 with Coral to win the Champions League and are aiming to win the treble in manager Luis Enrique’s first season in charge.
Over the years, his on-field relationship with compatriot Andres Iniesta has been a joy to witness, for both club and country, and this is something that will cease in Berlin.
As a result, Coral look back at some of Xavi’s finer Champions League moments and contributions for Barcelona, as we pay tribute to a Catalan footballing legend, in every sense.
A dominant performance from Xavi in the Champions League saw Barcelona beat AC Milan 3-1 to progress from Group H, which saw the Spanish midfielder run the show.
Even Xavi may have forgotten this one. It may have happened 13 years ago, though the player got on the scoresheet with a trademark strike from the edge of the area against? You guessed it, Juventus, in the 2002/03 quarter final, scoring a second-leg equaliser, despite Barca being eliminated.
Up there with one of his finest Champions League performances, Xavi scored Barcelona’s second goal in the club’s eventual 3-1 home win over Arsenal in the last 16. Pep Guardiola’s side went on to win the competition that year, beating Man Utd in the final.