Quotes by: Xavi

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Xavi
Xavi in 2016
Personal information
Full name Xavier Hernández Creus[1]
Date of birth (1980-01-25) 25 January 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Terrassa, Spain
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Al Sadd
Number 6
Youth career
1991–1997 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Barcelona B 61 (3)
1998–2015 Barcelona 505 (58)
2015– Al Sadd 37 (9)
National team‡
1997 Spain U17 10 (2)
1997–1998 Spain U18 10 (0)
1999 Spain U20 6 (2)
1998–2001 Spain U21 25 (7)
2000 Spain U23 6 (2)
2000–2014 Spain 133 (13)
1998– Catalonia 12 (2)

In football, the result is an impostor. You can do things really, really well but not win. There's something greater than the result, more lasting - a legacy.
Xavi
There are a lot of teams that don't want to play, that only want to defend against Barcelona, and that makes it difficult. We're always looking for the open space. A lot of times we'll face six defenders and four midfielders.
Xavi
I think Barcelona and the Spanish national team have been good for soccer because there are a lot of teams that come up playing from the back: with the goalie, the defense, moving up a defender to midfield, playing attacking soccer. I think fans want to see that. They want to see beautiful soccer, a spectacle, and Barcelona does that.
Xavi
England really is the birthplace, the heart and soul of football. If Barcelona had Liverpool's fans, or Arsenal's, or United's, we'd have won 20 Champions Leagues, hahaha!
Xavi
Ibiza is a popular vacation place for a lot of the players in Spain. If you go in the summer, there are some of the world's most famous movie and music stars, so nobody cares about soccer players.
Xavi
There are two types of football - there's physical football and football talent.
Xavi
I like to read the papers. I make my living from football, and I like to know what's going on.
Xavi
I don't actually watch many shows. I will either watch movies or football. I enjoy to watch games in the Premier League and will also watch movies a lot as well. That is how I relax.
Xavi
Like so many of the players, I started at La Masia at the age of 11. I can't ever imagine not playing for Barcelona, let alone not playing soccer for a career. I don't ever want to play anywhere else.
Xavi
I spend the entire 90 minutes looking for space on the pitch. I'm always between the opposition's two holding midfielders and thinking, 'The defence is here, so I get the ball and I go there to where the space is.'
Xavi
You pressure, you want possession, you want to attack. Some teams can't or don't pass the ball. What are you playing for? What's the point? That's not football. Combine, pass, play. That's football - for me, at least.
Xavi
It will be difficult to finish my career here. I don't know if I am going to end it at Barcelona, although I would like to. I don't know what is going to happen.
Xavi
I'd love to play at Wembley. It's special for Barca - and for everyone in football.
Xavi
In England, footballers are respected more, the game is more noble, there's less cheating. Every Spaniard who goes loves it - and comes back a better player. If I had ever left, it would have been to England.
Xavi
I've no regrets at all, but I still think at times that I would have loved to play in England. You live football over there; it's a great culture. People respect you more; it's more difficult to find respect in Spain. There is more criticism here.
Xavi
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