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Xavi Hernandez: Barcelona soccer legend retiring, wants to coach

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Alex Butler
Esteghlal's Omid Nourafkan (R) in action against Al Sadd's Xavi Hernandez (L) during the 2017 AFC Champions League play-off soccer match between Esteghlal FC and Al Sadd SC on February 7 at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran, Iran. File Photo by Stringer/EPA
Esteghlal's Omid Nourafkan (R) in action against Al Sadd's Xavi Hernandez (L) during the 2017 AFC Champions League play-off soccer match between Esteghlal FC and Al Sadd SC on February 7 at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran, Iran. File Photo by Stringer/EPA

Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Spanish soccer sensation Xavi Hernandez will retire at the end of the season.

Xavi, 37, left Barcelona in 2015 to join Al-Sadd. He led the squad to a Qatar Cup in April.

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"I've had luck not to be injured and I think my career has come towards its end, there's been a descent," Xavi told Mundo Leo. "Qatar allowed me this. Now I see myself being more tired, it's harder to recover, it will surely be my last year of being a footballer. I have the idea of getting my coaching license next year and being a coach."

The star midfielder has won four Champions Leagues, two European Championships and the World Cup during his decorated career. He has won 31 trophies as a player.

Xavi had two goals and nine assists in 21 appearances for Barcelona during his final season at Camp Nou. He netted five goals and had five assists in 51 games for the club and the Spanish national team in 2013. The 5-foot-6, 146-pound star was born in Barcelona.

Al Sadd faces Umm Salal at 7 a.m. Sunday at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in a Qatar Stars League matchup in Doha.

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