'I never got to play with Scholes' - Barcelona legend reveals biggest regret

Pirlo and Xavi Italy Spain

The Spaniard is nearing the end of his footballing career, and retired from international duty on Tuesday.

It may be difficult for someone like Xavi to hold any regrets from his footballing career considering the accolades he has won, but there is one aspect of his playing days he wished he could change.

Having won multiple La Liga titles, Champions League’s and Spanish Cups with Barcelona, and three major tournaments at international level with Spain, he’s had a better career than any young footballer could ever wish for.

But his one regret? Not being able to play alongside the midfielder he always admired at Manchester United.

The fact Xavi only played against and never with Paul Scholes is the reason he is not 100% satisfied. Often a fond speaker of Scholes and his footballing abilities, Xavi wishes they had been able to walk out onto a pitch together at some point.

“When I think about all I have won with Spain and Barcelona and all the great players I have played with - it is impossible for me to have any regrets,” Xavi said according to the Daily Mail.

“Maybe one small regret is that I never got to play with Paul Scholes - but I was never going to leave Barcelona and he was never going to leave Manchester United.”

Considered two of the best passers of the ball in recent times, Xavi and Scholes were the core of everything their respective clubs achieved.

Although Scholes never particularly fancied it at international level, his eye of the needle through ball’s and sublime box-to-box work rate has made him one of England’s greatest ever talents.

He scored the goal to knock Xavi’s Barcelona out on route to winning the Champions League in 2008, but it was the Spaniard who largely got the better of his hero when they came up against each other, with the Catalans beating United in the final in 2009 and 2011.

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