Two absolute legends leaving European football today, As a young player growing up and looking up to both of them i… pic.twitter.com/uvBtjLpsOj— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) June 6, 2015
Spanish international Xavi decided to call time on his Barcelona career, confirming a move to Qatari side Al Sadd when his Barcelona contract expires in the summer.
His decision to leave came at a time when the Catalans were fighting on all fronts for each major trophy, adding extra significance to his appearances over the past month.
Following a Spanish double of La Liga and the Copa del Rey, the 35-year-old’s dream finale concluded with the captain lifting his fourth Champions League trophy after defeating Juventus 3-1 in Berlin.
In the aftermath, Gunners product Wilshere took to Instagram in a bid to honour hero and fellow midfield legend Pirlo who also played his last ever European game on Saturday.
“Two absolute legends leaving European football today, as a young player growing up and looking up to both of them it's sad to see them go,” he wrote.
“Congrats to both Xavi and Pirlo! Both still heroes of mine and privileged to have played against both!!”
Xavi’s Champions League success on Saturday was his fourth spanning a 17-year career, and his 27th club title overall making him Spain’s most celebrated player in history.
England international Wilshere in contrast has just two major trophies at the Emirates, though he will be hoping for that tally to change dramatically in the coming seasons.