On Saturday, Xavi, arguably the best midfielder to ever play the game 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.
He spoke to the fans saying: “I am the happiest man in the world today and for the 17 seasons I have been [in the first team].”
As the coach has said this hasn’t finished. We want two more titles and we want to be here with you all again in Barcelona on June 7 (After UCL Final). Will Barcelona complete the treble?
In Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in Real Madrid’s 7-3 win against Getafe to bring him to 61 for the season and he is now just 10 goals of becoming the club’s all-time top scorer which Raul holds.
This match showed how an amazing season Cristiano had but the fans know that a trophy-less season is not successful. But Real Madrid finish second in la Liga, just two points behind champions Barcelona.
“My feeling is that I am going to continue,” he said before Saturday’s match with Getafe.
“It’s normal that the club takes stock of the situation. I have the confidence and the enthusiasm to continue at this club. I like the players and the city.
“I’ve still not spoke with the club, so I continue to think that I will be the manager until I am told otherwise. That has not happened. I think on Sunday or Monday, after the game, we will meet and talk about mine and the club’s future.”