Xavi follows Middlesbrough and is impressed by Sheffield United

Pirlo and Xavi Italy Spain

C'mon Xavi, get your boots packed and come to the Championship!

In the world of football, there are a few famous fans of teams that may shock you. Sylvester Stallone supports Everton, Tom Hanks follows Aston Villa and Viggo Mortensen is a San Lorenzo fan... the hipster!

However, it turns out that a rather famous, and rather brilliant, footballer follows a somewhat surprising team. It turns out that Spain and Barcelona legend, Xavi, is a fan of Championship promotion contenders Middlesbrough!

But what exactly attracted Xavi to Boro? Was it the famous parmos? The infamous nights out at Club Bongo? Or a love for Captain Cook? Well, it's not any of those, it's actually to do with Boro's manager and former Spain team-mate, Aitor Karanka. 

Speaking in an interview with ESPN, Xavi revealed he has a soft spot for the Teesside club: "I follow Middlesbrough because Aitor Karanka is there."

And it wasn't just Boro who Xavi was impressed by, with the 35-year-old revealing that he was rather shocked to see the numbers League One side Sheffield United could draw it.

"I met a boy the other day. English. He was wearing a Barca shirt but I asked him who he supported. He said: 'Sheffield United'. I know them, they have 20,000 fans in the third division. That's incredible. You get that in England"

With Xavi being so impressed by English football, we reckon he should finally get over and end his career in the Championship. 

I mean his game was never really about pace, and he could definitely still do a job... what do you reckon?


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