After signings for Qatar side Al Sadd in May, Xavi may have been fooled into thinking he had delved into a quieter side of football. But Twitter has once again came up trumps with footage of a stunning free kick on his debut.
The Spanish legend took the controversial step of signing for the Qatar side in May this year after winning it all for club and country.
Away from the spotlight of America where many are enjoying a sunny last pay-packet, he is expected to quietly end his career on a bumper pay roll before returning to coach in Europe.
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While he may have attempted to remain away from the spotlight his ability refused to settle the same fate as he curled a peach of a free kick past the Al Nassr goalkeeper in what appears to be a fairly empty stadium.
No player in Barcelona history has won as much as Xavi and few are more popular so he may peak more interest in Qatar than he would have expected. If you can find a channel airing the Qatar Stars League that is.
He speaks of his dream to return to Barcelona, and certainly holds the pedigree to coach for a side that are known to favour home grown staff.
The Spaniard has spent his career learning from some of the worlds greatest managers in Louis Van Gaal and Pep Guardiola. His demeanour and knowledge would certainly suit the position and demand the respect required.
He intends to first head up what he calls an “Enthusiastic Project in the Aspire Academy” based in Qatar, while taking his coaching badges and playing for Al Sadd.