Even the most technically-gifted and experienced footballers can crumble under the pressure of the dreaded penalty shootout.
Barcelona hero Xavi isn’t the first - and he certainly won’t be the last - football legend to miss from the spot.
The 36-year-old’s crucial penalty miss in the shootout against Al Jazira cost his current employers, Al Sadd, a place in the Asian Champions League. It was a pretty awful miss and you can watch the penalty by scrolling down this page.
SUBMIT AN ARTICLE
Apply to become a GMS writer by signing up and submitting a 250-word test article: https://gms.to/haveyoursay5
For a player with so much technical ability - and usually so reliable from set-pieces - Xavi’s penalty was surprisingly poor.
Perhaps the ball wasn’t positioned correctly on the spot or maybe the veteran midfielder is losing his magic touch.
Video: Xavi's penalty miss for Al Sadd
Perfect ending for Xavi at Barcelona
Xavi could have played on for at least another season at Barcelona but decided to embark on a new challenge in Qatar after losing his status as a first-team regular at the Camp Nou following the arrival of Luis Enrique.
The World Cup winner, though, managed to bow out in style - winning La Liga, the Copa del Rey and, in his final match with the Blaugrana, the UEFA Champions League.
Xavi following in Guardiola's footsteps
Xavi, keen to broaden his horizons before hanging up his boots, is following in the footsteps of his former teammate and manager Pep Guardiola.
The Catalan coach spent two years in Qatar after his playing career in Europe came to an end in 2003, and then moved on to Mexico.
Xavi has long been touted as a future Barcelona manager - and, following this latest setback with Al Sadd, it might not be much longer before he announces his retirement.
Will Xavi manage Barcelona after Luis Enrique? Have your say by leaving a comment below.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms