Lionel Messi has joined in with the tributes for Xavi, after he announced he would be hanging up his boots at the end of the season, with a heartfelt message to his former team-mates.
He wrote on Instagram: “It was a pleasure to share a dressing room with you, Xavi. We experienced a lot of moments together over many years, The truth is I’ve missed you since the day you decided to leave due to how you helped me on and off the pitch.
“You know that I wish you the best in the next stage of your life that begins now. I’m sure you will continue to be successful in everything you do in the football world. A strong hug!”
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Fue un placer compartir vestuario con vos, @Xavi, muchos años y muchas experiencias juntos, y la verdad que te extrañamos desde el primer día que decidiste salir, por todo lo que nos ayudabas en la cancha y fuera de ella. Ya sabes que te deseo lo mejor en la nueva etapa de tu vida que ahora arranca. Seguro que seguirás logrando éxitos en todo lo que te propongas en el mundo del fútbol. ¡Un abrazo fuerte!
Xavi has talked about wanting to move into management after he’s done with playing, and there have been reports that he’ll have all his necessary coaching badges in time for next season.
It seems almost inevitable that the midfielder will return to the Camp Nou at some point in his managerial career, and there have already been rumors about where he might find himself next season.