One of the finest midfielders of the modern era, pass-master Xavi is the heartbeat of the team for both club and country.
He ended the 2009/10 season playing with a three centimetre tear just above his calf, but insists he will be fully fit for the World Cup, having recovered to play in all four of Spain’s matches four years ago despite being doubtful beforehand because of a knee ligament injury.
Xavi was voted by Uefa as the best player of Euro 2008, having set up the winning goal in the final and made 254 passes throughout the tournament with an 89% success rate. Amazingly, he was once criticised for making too many safe passes, and he admits to benefiting in the last two years from the demand by Barca coach Pep Guardiola for urgency and one-touch passing.
Xavi has been with Barcelona since the age of 11 and although he says he was once approached by Manchester United, he wants to spend his entire career at the Nou Camp.
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