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  • Celtic wish Xavi well as he departs Barcelona

    Celtic wish Xavi well as he departs Barcelona

    By: Newsroom Staff on 04 Jun, 2015 12:47

  • CELTIC Football Club would like to extend a heartfelt farewell to Barcelona legend Xavi as he prepares to take to the pitch for the Catalan giants for the last time this weekend.

    The 35-year-old star will leave Barcelona after Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final against Juventus in Berlin following a glittering 25 years with the club where he started as a youngster.

    Xavi has won 24 trophies during his time at Barca, alongside a World Cup and European Championship with Spain, and the midfielder will join Qatari side Al Sadd on a three-year deal following Saturday’s showpiece match.

    During his time at Barcelona Xavi visited Celtic Park on five occasions and despite a remarkable career, which has taken him all over the world, he believes there is nothing that comes close to the atmosphere created by the Hoops faithful on a European night at Paradise.

    As recently as last November the Barca legend said: “When you step out at Celtic Park the atmosphere they create for their team is incredible.

    “It doesn’t matter how many big games you’ve played in. Walking out to that atmosphere is always intense. I don’t think I have seen anything like the Celtic fans in all the stadiums I have played.

    “What makes them the best, for me, is their support when they lose. It is easy to make noise when you win against Barcelona but in Spain we beat them 6-1 and most fans would have left the stadium.

    “However, at the end, the fans were making noise like they had just won the Champions League, not like a team that had just conceded six.”

    Xavi was given an emotional send-off on Spanish TV earlier this week with friends, team-mates and former Barcelona players all wishing the talismanic midfielder success in his future and thanking him for his time at the club.

    Celtic Football Club would like to extend that same gratitude for the times he graced the hallowed turf and we wish him every success in his new endeavour. 

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