Xavi Hernandez: Leaving Barcelona this way is spectacular

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A true legend in every sense of the word, Xavi Hernandez finished his career with Barcelona in the best possible way.

Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez couldn't have asked for a better outcome, in what was his final outing as a Barcelona player, ahead of his move to Qatar.

Having already raised silverware in La Liga and the Copa del Rey, he triumphantly lifted the biggest prize of all - the Champions League trophy - amidst jubilant celebrations from the Barcelona team in Berlin, following their 3-1 victory against Juventus.

After the final whistle and speaking with Spanish broadcaster Canal Plus, the Barcelona captain expressed his emotions, on what was a such a special occasion, both personally and for his club.

"Ending this way is second to none. I can't put it into words, I couldn't possibly ask for more. Leaving the club this way, winning the Champions League and a treble, is brutal, it's spectacular... and we deserved it."

Xavi couldn't hid a touch of sadness, recognising this was his last ever game for Barcelona, after sixteen glorious years with the club.

The 35-year-old midfielder maestro explained: "Now I'm feeling a bit nostalgic, knowing that I'm not going to be playing for this team any more, but I have to say I'm really happy with how my career has turned out. This is an incredible ending to my time with Barcelona.

Analysing how the final played out in Berlin, even with a clear 3-1 victory, Xavi suggested: "We've had to suffer a lot, because Juve pushed hard in the second half and got their goal. We were struggling mentally after they equalised, but then Leo appeared again, in a play that unlocked the game. The team was sensational and Messi, once again, was brutal."

Xavi also praised the hard work of his manager, Luis Enrique, who he underlined as the mastermind behind the Champions League win, and the triumphant treble of silverware achieved by Barcelona in the 2014-15 campaign.

"He deserves this, because he was getting a lot of criticism at the start, and he kept on working just the same way. He deserves this, because he's been a great leader for this team."

Given there's been speculation Luis Enrique might pack his bags and leave Barcelona, because of the criticism and pressures, Xavi concluded with assurance: "Without any doubt, he'll stay. At both a human level and with the results he's achieved, he's the best manager for this club next season. Absolutely no doubt."

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