Barcelona and Spain legend Xavi announced his intention to leave Camp Nou at the end of the season to embark on a new chapter of his career earlier this week.


Speaking about his former charge back in March, Pep Guardiola remarked, "I did not teach Xavi to play. Coaches are here to lend a hand, but they have been playing well for 20 years. Coaches do not make good players play well. They play well enough without me."


People have been saying incredible things about him for years already, but countless more tributes have flooded in.



His partner in crime throughout most of the last 12 years at least has been Andres Iniesta, who is quoted as saying, "I have run out of compliments for him. There is no one who can compare to what he represents as a person and a player.


"His statistics, longevity, the feelings he conjures, his way of doing things are beyond words. He is a unique player, a one-off and he has been fundamental to this club and to Spain. It is a true pleasure and privilege to have played alongside him my entire career."


Sir Alex Ferguson, whose Manchester United team was destroyed by Barcelona in two Champions League finals pointed firmly at Xavi when identifying the culprit, while Johan Cruyff has said," If Xavi has a bad day then Barcelona do not play half as well."


Tributes from all over the football world have since also surfaced on social media


Despite their great rivalry at club level, Sergio Ramos couldn't help but acknowledge the career of a modern day legend.

Oriol Romeu was a team-mate of Xavi's at Barcelona and also offered his praise ...

Juan Mata led the tributes from Manchester United, a message that was also retweeted by Spanish compatriot Ander Herrera.

​​Fernando Llorente was part of the Spain squad that won the World Cup in 2010 and Euro 2012.

Fernando Torres wrote, "A legend brings a phase to a close, but we'll never forget that your football made us so great."

Barcelona team-mate Pedro also wrote, "Thanks, Xavi for everything you've given and taught us. The best of luck on your new adventure."

From New York City, David Villa had his say ...

Joan Laporta was Barcelona president when Xavi began to establish himself among the very best in the world and spoke of what "essence" the maestro brought to the "best Barcelona team in history."

​​The Spanish Football Federation wished Xavi luck in the next chapter of his career after thanking him for everything he has done for the country.

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