Xavi and Pirlo meet again in Berlin
Xavi Hernández and Andrea Pirlo lived two very interesting careers. One has been 17 seasons at Barcelona. The other has played for Brescia, Inter, Reggina, Miland and Juventus. Their paths could meet again if Pirlo also accepts an offer from Qatar.
Back in 2008 Xavi was close to sign for Milan, but in the end he stayed. Pirlo was close to sign for Barcelona in 2010 when Pep Guardiola showed interest for the Italian genious, but he stayed at Milan and end up at Juventus.
They know each other as opponents for 17 years with various matches between national teams. They both defended a similar way of playing, lovers of the ball, their teams directors.
This Saturday in Berlin, Xavi versus Pirlo. Two legendary football magicians.
- 35 years old
24 titles with Barcelona
Xavi Hernandez has won 24 titles with Barcelona. 8 leagues, 3 Copa del Rey, 6 Spanish SuperCup, 2 European SuperCup, 3 Champions League and 3 Club World Cup titles.
With the Spanish national team he won 2 Eurocups and one World Cup.
Xavi spoke about Pirlo before facing him this Saturday: "It's 17 seasons facing him. I always admired his way of playing. I think there's nobody with more talent than him".
- 36 years old
15 titles with Milan and Juventus
He has won 5 leagues, 2 Coppa Italia, 3 Supercoppa Italia, 2 Champions league , 1 European SuperCup and 1 Club World Cup titles.
With the Italian national squad he won the World Cup back in 2006.
He included Xavi and Messi in his ideal Champions XI and said about Xavi that: "He's an intelligent midfielder, who doesn't need to be running all the time but can control the games at Barça and with Spain with intelligence and passing".