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Video Of Xavi At 2010 World Cup Shows What An Artist He Was On The Pitch

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Video Of Xavi At 2010 World Cup Shows What An Artist He Was On The Pitch

Xavi Hernandez's 2010 World Cup campaign was one of the best of all time and this video of his best bits serves a reminder of what a special player he was.

That all-conquering Spain team were stocked with world-class players all over the park but you cannot understate Xavi's influence on the side.

He was the midfield metronome that kept things ticking over and a new 4 minute compilation highlights his contributions to La Roja's World Cup win in South Africa.

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His passing range, link up play and spatial awareness was utterly sensational and some of his set-piece deliveries were outrageously precise.

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Xavi played in all seven games in the tournament and laid on assists in crucial knockout games against Portugal and Germany.

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The likes of David Villa and Andres Iniesta rightly received a good chunk of the plaudits for their performances at the time but Xavi, who was just mesmeric, is getting a whole lot of love on social media more than a decade later.

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The stats don't always show it, yet it's impossible to not be in awe of how he played the game.

In the 2010 final, where a total of 14 yellow cards were dished out by referee Howard Webb as things got chaotic, he was calm and classy as ever, helping Vicente Del Bosque's side secure a 1-0 win over the Netherlands in extra time.

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An artist on the pitch, Xavi might just be one of the best passers ever to play the game.

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Fast forward to 2021 and the former Barcelona skipper is making waves as manager of Al-Sadd in Qatar.

It feels inevitable that the 41-year-old will return to the Nou Camp in a coaching capacity in the near future, but he'll do very well to better his glittering playing career.

Topics: Xavi, Football News, Xavi Hernandez, 2010 World Cup, Football, World Cup, Spain

Josh Lawless
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