Xavi retires from international football

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Xavi Hernandez has announced his retirement from international football.

The Barcelona midfielder was part of the Spain team that won consecutive European Championship and World Cup titles in 2008 and 2010 respectively.  

Xavi made his debut for Spain again the Netherlands on 15 November 2000 alongside Barcelona defender Carlos Puyol.

The Barcelona star got 133 caps for Spain, scoring 13 times in the process.

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On top of the world

Xavi was part of the team that won Spain's first World Cup title in South Africa in 2010 and was central to the Spanish team that has been called one of the best the world has ever seen.

He went to four World Cup finals with Spain in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014. He also represented Spain at Under 17 and Under 20 level, going to one World Cup with both teams, and won two back-to-back European titles with Spain in 2008 and 2012.

World Cup disaster

Xavi was part of the Spanish team that travelled to the World Cup in Brazil this summer. The team that travelled was tipped to become the first team to retain a World Cup title.

However it was a disappointing tournament for the reigning World Champions. They crashed out in the group stages after a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of their 2010 World Cup Final opponents Netherlands and then a 2-0 loss to Chile in their second group stage game.

Barcelona success

Xavi plays in the centre of midfield for Spanish giants Barcelona. He was a Barcelona youth player and broke through into the first team in 1998.

He has been part of a Barcelona team that was once considered to be the best team in the world, dominating in competitions such as the Champions League and the Spanish Liga.

So far at the Catalan giants, Xavi has won seven La Liga titles, three Champions Leagues and two Copa Del Reys.

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