Xavi Hernandez is the new manager of Football Club Barcelona.
In the early hours of Saturday morning UK time, the Blaugrana officially announced the return of the icon as Ronald Koeman’s replacement, six years after he left Camp Nou as a player.
Xavi is one of Barcelona’s greatest ever players, the metronomic midfielder winning a ludicrous number of trophies at the club.
Eight La Ligas, three Copa del Reys, six Spanish Super Cups, four Champions Leagues, two UEFA Super Cups and two FIFA Club World Cups make up the 41-year-old’s collection from his 17 years in the Blaugrana’s first-team.
As well as thriving on the domestic scene with Barcelona, Xavi was the definition of world-class for Spain’s national side, his performances helping La Roja win three major tournaments in a row between 2008 and 2012.
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And in the wake of his return to Catalonia, the three-time La Liga Midfielder of the Year’s individual highlights from one of those international triumphs have gone viral on social media.
The tournament in question is, of course, the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, where Xavi was simply a cut above the rest.
Take a look at the magnificent compilation here…
Video: Xavi’s highlights from 2010 World Cup
Xavi just made the game look so easy and it’s hard to think of many players in history who could replicate the array of passing he displayed throughout Spain’s journey in South Africa.
And the great man’s cheeky little back-heel pass to David Villa versus Portugal that helped La Roja eliminate their Iberian rivals really was pure magic.
Xavi was duly named in the 2010 World Cup’s Dream Team for his string of masterclasses.
But despite failing to scoop that award, Xavi’s performances out in South Africa will forever be the stuff of legend and the argument can certainly be made that it’s the greatest ever World Cup campaign by a midfielder.
Zinedine Zidane in 2006 runs it close, mind…