Xavi Hernandez is a central midfielder who is currently playing at FC Barcelona in La Liga. The playmaker joined the club at the age of 11 and spent the entirety of his youth career there. In 1997, he began to play for Barcelona B where he impressed during the team's run to promotion. In August 1998, Xavi made his debut in the Super Cup final against Mallorca where he scored a valuable goal. Ever since, the midfielder has been a key feature of Barcelona's midfield.
The early part of the 21st century was disappointing for Xavi as Barcelona failed to win any honours between 2000 and 2004. Finally, the club won La Liga again in 2004/05 to hand Xavi his second league title with the club, his first coming as mainly a substitute in 1998/99. The 2005/06 campaign was disappointing for the midfielder after spending five months out with injury. Nevertheless, he returned just in time to make the bench for the Champions League final which the club won 2-1.
The player maintained his consistency during the next couple of seasons but really stamped his mark on the world scene from 2008 onwards. That year saw Xavi as part of the treble winning Barcelona side. Alongside that, he won several individual awards such as the 2008 Champions League midfielder of the season whilst being named in the UEFA team of the year.
Xavi's tremendous year also carried into the 2008 European Championships which he won with Spain. He was named as the Player of the tournament which inevitably led to being placed in the Team of the tournament. To date, Xavi has been capped 83 times for Spain with eight goals coming over a ten year span. The midfielder's achievements were also recognised in 2009 where he finished 3rd in the Ballon d'Or behind only teammate Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.