Incredible Xavi Compilation Showing How He 'Turned Football Into Art' Is A Must-Watch
An incredible compilation titled 'Xavi Hernandez - When Football Becomes Art' shows why the Barcelona legend is regarded so highly.
He is arguably one of the world's best ever midfielders and has gone on to define a generation of football with his silky passing.
ASComps on YouTube have put together some of his best bits and it's 12 minutes of pure magic. Check it out below.
Usually combining with Andres Iniesta in his prime, the La Masia graduate could dictate the tempo of any game.
Finding pockets of space became a trademark and ball retention was almost mesmeric.
Fans have reacted to the video and they were quick to pay tribute to a truly one-of-a-kind talent.
One commented: "He was living proof that the Ballon d'Or does not matter."
A second added: "The level of composure he had was so intimidating. Even when dribbling while surrounded by many players he could look his head up looking for opportunities."
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While a third stated: "The best ball receiver in history in midfield. And the best central midfielder ever in my opinion."
Xavi's influence is so strong that many think he is a candidate to be Blaugrana manager in the future.
Despite being just 41-years-old, his style of play with Qatari side Al Sadd has caught the eye with many thinking it is similar to prime Barcelona.
Former international teammate Santi Cazorla plays under Xavi and he told Diaro AS per Football-Espana: "He's been an example for me in that regard, the fact he waited to decide. Once I retire I want to have the same values.
"He's perfectly qualified to be a coach. You could say he could coach Barcelona tomorrow.
"I think he's prepared. He knows the players well and he knows how to treat them. He's been playing until recently and knows how to squeeze the most out of them, although it doesn't matter how you play if you don't win."
Cazorla continued: "He has a very clear idea. He comes from the Barcelona school and he's always been a fan of attacking with the ball and goes to death with [that idea].
"He prefers to take risks, come out from behind with the ball and he instills that way of seeing football in us. He was a leader as a player as well as a coach, and he gets his message across, which is the most difficult thing.
"If the coach can't get his message across in the dressing room it's very difficult for the results."
Featured Image Credit: ASComps/YouTube & PA Images
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