A legend for not only Barcelona Football Club, but an entire generation that grew up watching him. Xavi Hernandez has no lack of medals and accolades to his name and is the most complete midfielder of this era. He ranks alongside the ranks of Ronaldinho, Kaka and Andrea Pirlo. While he’s all about vision, technique and passing, creating innumerable goals for Barcelona and Spain, he’s scored some scorchers too. We take a look at 5 of Xavi’s best goals for Barcelona.
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5. Real Madrid CF vs FC Barcelona, 2011-12 La Liga BBVA
El Classico and Barca are playing 1-0 down to sworn rivals Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu. A cross comes from the right. Xavi, who had run into space into the Real box, controlled it with the technique that is seen in video games and shoots past Casillas to draw level. A goal of supreme quality coming from a man who thrived on occasions such as these.
4. Athletic Bilbao v FC Barcelona, 2013-14 La Liga BBVA
He’s the master of free kicks and this one is probably the best looking one among those thunderous strikes into the top corner. He manages them with ease still in the Qatari first division. Xavi scored past the Bilbao goalkeeper after curling the ball over the wall and making it dip only as much. True finesse, true genius.In Football:
3. Celta Vigo v FC Barcelona, 2013-14 La Liga BBVA
Another fantastic finish from a man who seemed to make football look like the easiest sport on the planet. A sublime touch from a floated in cross form the right, controlled beautifully and chipped over the onrushing Celta goalkeeper to make it 2-0 on the night for the Catalan giants.
2. Villareal v FC Barcelona, 2015-16 La Liga BBVA
This one finds its place on the list thanks to classic finishing from the Spain midfielder. The goal was made by Andres Iniesta and taken by Xavi, who had the goalkeeper to bat and a defender to keep at bay with the ball at his feet after Iniesta had made a wonderful run infield with the ball. The goal was also a testament of the calm head Xavi possessed on his shoulders.
1. FC Barcelona v Villarreal, 2015-16 La Liga BBVA
The Yellow Submarine were at the receiving end of another Xavi special, this time from range as the Spanish midfield maestro scored from 30 yards with a wonderfully taken right footed shot. Fans had seen stuff like this on free kicks but this one came in open play as the ball flew into the top corner and left the goalie with no chance.