Xavier Hernández i Creus, known more simply as Xavi, was born in Terrassa, Catalonia on 25 January 1980. Known for his excellent passing and his creative talents, Xavi's ability to retain possession and split defences has proved invaluable for both club and country. He is considered one of the greatest midfield players of all time and has won more major honours than any other Spanish footballer in history.

In 1991, at the age of 11, Xavi joined Barcelona's La Masia youth academy and he has since spent his entire career with the club. After graduating from the various youth teams and the Barcelona B team, he made his debut for the senior side in 1998. At the end of his first season, he was named as La Liga's Breakthrough Player of the Year and the team won the league title.

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