Barcelona's tiki-taka under Pep Guardiola was some of the most incredible football that has ever been seen and the man that orchestrated it was an unassuming little bloke who looked about as far away as you could get from the typical idea of a footballer's physique.

Xavi was the one that originally gave hope to those children that weren't very big, fast, flashy or strong but still dreamed of making it big (no pun intended). His close control and intelligent movement made elite football about more than just outrunning or out-muscling the opponent.

He comes across as, generally, quite decent chap and even played a big role in resolving issues between Real Madrid and Barcelona players in the Spain squad.

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