There’s been a tasty little story going around that Xavi - the brains behind the Barcelona midfield for what seems like centuries - could be leaving for the Big Apple, and Major League Soccer.
After an interview with Mundo Deportivo however, he seems to have squashed this rumour for now, explaining that neither he nor Barcelona have been approached by any MLS team.
It seems like an insane proposition that Xavi Hernandez, a member of this year’s FIFPro World XI, would leave, arguably, the best team in club football. (Okay, arguably second best, behind a certain German giant.)
Think about Barcelona without Xavi - the 33-year-old has been with the club for the last 22 years since he was but a wee lad, and has maintained his spot as one of the top three midfielders year in and year out while seemingly never ageing.
But maybe it’s not so crazy an idea; remember this guy named Thierry Henry? The former Arsenal and Barcelona star made this exact move in 2010 and has been enjoying his last stint with football before retirement in style, scoring 42 goals in 92 appearances with the New York Red Bulls.
So it’s not crazy that Henry might happily recommend New York and Major League Soccer as a prime spot for the Spanish maestro.
New York has money, fame, and luxury; not to mention a league on the upswing, and a growing soccer market with global exposure. It would be foolish to doubt the living legend of Xavi, but he is on his way out. So maybe not yet, but sooner rather than later, Major League Soccer - and New York City in particular - might be an appealing destination.
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