BERLIN: Record-breaker Xavi Hernandez says it will be ‘brutal’ to leave Barcelona after lifting a Champions League prize on his final coming in a famous shirt.
The 35-year-old came on in a 78th notation to set a new record of 151 Champions League appearances in Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Juventus in a Berlin final.
Having started during a Catalan giants as an 11-year-old, Xavi will join Qatari side Al Sadd subsequent season. He certified that withdrawal Barcelona will strike him tough carrying usually won his 25th pretension with a club.
“To leave this approach is brutal,” pronounced a Spain international, who mislaid his place in a starting side to Ivan Rakitic this season.
“I have a bit of nostalgia meditative I’m never going to play for this side again and we unequivocally wanted to lift a cup.”
– Triumphant departure –
Xavi pronounced a best thing for Barcelona now is for Luis Enrique to stay on as a conduct manager carrying left his destiny open, notwithstanding winning a three-way of European, domestic crater and joining titles in his entrance season.
“Luis Enrique deserves this since he’s had a lot of criticism, though he’s been a good personality for a side. The best thing for subsequent year is for Luis Enrique to stay,” pronounced Xavi.
Defender Gerard Pique pronounced that Xavi was partial of a “unique generation” during Barcelona that has overcome seasons but a prize as good as enjoyed triumphs.
“Xavi deserves everything,” pronounced Pique.
“He is withdrawal us with an critical legacy: how to play football and take on feat and defeat. He will always be with us.”
An early idea by Barca’s Ivan Rakitic was cancelled out by Juventus’ ex-Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, who equalised on 55 minutes.
But Luis Suarez put a diversion over a Italian champions with a 68th notation strike off a miscarry during Berlin’s Olympic Stadium. Neymar combined a third with a final flog of a diversion in a 97th minute.
This was a fifth time Barcelona have been crowned European champions and it is their fourth Champions League pretension in a final decade after their 2006, 2009 and 2011 triumphs.
“I’m mislaid for words. It’s fantastic to win 3 trophies in a deteriorate once again,” pronounced Barcelona captain Andreas Iniesta, who was transposed by Xavi, and was partial of a 2009 treble-winning team.
“I consider there’s not adequate difference to demonstrate how unapproachable we are.
“Both trebles are special. The initial time we consider you’ll never do it again, and nonetheless we have. It’s a unapproachable day for Barca. We wish to do it all again subsequent year and win a sixth title. You can never rest on what we have achieved.”
“At a bar like this, we have to demeanour for a subsequent challenge.
“But right during a moment, we usually wish to suffer winning this fifth pretension for a club.”
Having handed over his arm-band to Xavi and a payoff of being a initial to lift a trophy, Iniesta pronounced it was usually wise for a bar maestro to crawl out on a large stage.
“It is ideal for him and a club. There is no improved send-off than lifting a Champions League,” pronounced Iniesta.