He has Carles Puyol’s hair, Xavi’s name, Johan Cruyff’s nationality but unfortunately, Neymar’s brain. On Tuesday morning, La Masia talent Xavi Simons announced he will ditch FC Barcelona to join Paris Saint-Germain, signing his first professional contract that will run until 2022.
The 16-year-old teenager with a bizarre and unhealthy amount of followers on his social media accounts has picked an institution built on money over one which will set the stones to becoming a world class footballer. I am not saying his move to PSG will dent his career, but it goes without saying that Barcelona is the club every footballer would desire to grow and succeed at, especially when Simons has been there for nine years now.
Despite being one of the promises to spark out of La Masia, his departure from the Blaugranas is not as big a blow as many might think. Certainly, he is a talented and gifted player that looked to have a future in the first team, but his entourage with the greedy agent Mino Raiola leading the pack is the main reason behind Barcelona’s lack of concern surrounding his farewell. The less we have to deal with Raiola, the money hungry man, the better.
The required farewell
Just like all footballers that decide to take on new challenges and change their career paths, Simons took to Twitter to express his required and formal goodbyes to the club that made him into the player he is today.
”I leave a part of me in Barcelona and I will bring a part of Barcelona with me. Today is not easy, as saying goodbye is one of the hardest things in life and today it’s my turn to say goodbye to what has been my home, my family, my life for as long as I can remember. It was a dream come true when I put on my first Barca jersey nine years ago as an under 8 player. Through the years I have experienced victories and defeats, I have fallen and gotten back up time and time again. Even if I am only 16 years old, I have also felt the love and support of hundreds of thousands of Barca fans that wanted me to keep growing and some day make it to the Camp Nou. To all of you, I can only say: thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart, I will never forget our time together and will forever cherish the memories. As I am about to start a new and exciting adventure away from Barcelona, this club, its people and its fans will always hold a special place in my heart.”
All said and done, let’s hope the teenager who was widely considered as one of the best young hopes in Barca’s famed academy does not turn out to be just like Neymar. But, from the looks of it he is already heading towards that path and hard.