After having two Euro Championships and one World Cup to his name, the Spanish Maestro has decided to say good-bye to the glittering International career he has enjoyed with Spain. Having had the worst World Cup in his career in which the Spanish side managed to win just 1 of the 3 matches to their name, the Barcelona man has called time and with the reports surfacing suggesting, he will also leave the Catalan giants in order to gain more 1st team football next season.
Since making his debut for the former World Champions in 2000 Olympic games, Xavi has been capped 133 times scoring 13 goals in the process. However the peak time of his career in Spain colors came in 2008 when he won the EURO Player of the Year Award after Spain clinched the title defeating Germany 1-0 in the final.
During his entire tenure, Xavi Hernandez was a dominant figure in the Spanish team and since Coach Vincent Del Bosque took charge, a midfield duo of Xavi and Iniesta has taken Spain to the new levels of greatness. Xavi was one half of the inspirational partnership that helped Spain to win 2 Continental and 1 World Championship in a matter of four years of brilliance under Vincent Del Bosque.
However following dismal performances from him last season on the club level, questions were raised upon his inclusion in the Spanish team to play in Brazil. Having started 30 matches for the Catalan giants, his performances didn’t faze the Spanish media enough to surrender to the decision of his inclusion. As a result when Spain went out of the World Cup from the group stages following two miserable defeats at the hands of Chile and Holland, Xavi was under huge criticism.
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