Xavi made his way through the ranks at Barcelona and has spent 13 years in their first team. In this time, he has won 5 league titles and 2 European Cups, amongst other trophies.
However, when revealing his admiration for several Manchester United players amongst those from other Premiership teams, he claimed that if had ever left Barcelona, United would have been the only club he would have joined.
“When you look at players and ask yourself who’s the best: talento. Cesc, Nasri, Ryan Giggs – that guy is a joy, incredible,” he said. “Looking back, I loved John Barnes and Chris Waddle was buenísimo. Le Tissier! Although their style was different I liked Roy Keane and Paul Ince together, too. That United team was great – my English team. If I’d gone anywhere, it would have been there.”
Full interview with The Guardian
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