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“Thanks for everything, from the heart. You’ve made me the happiest man in the world today and for the past 17 years. You have no idea how proud I am to be a Barça player.” -Xavi (2015)

Graham Hunter (2012): Most of the players call him “Maki”, which is short for maquina, machine in Spanish. It’s such a prosaic, industrial nickname for such an inventive player, but there is a warm and positivity attached to it. Xavi is always working, always smiling, and always having a playful verbal dig at someone. Perpetual motion. His passes come off an incessant production line. So, there you have Xavi – fun to watch, fun to be around. Sublime player, top man. A footballer who epitomizes what has gone right about Barcelona over the last decade.

Ph: David Ramos