Following Carles Puyol’s announcement that this season will be his last at Barcelona, FIFA.com pays tribute to the 35-year-old’s trophy-laden career at the club.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored in the 82nd minute to save a 2-2 draw for Real Madrid at crosstown rivals Atletico Madrid, while Barcelona beat Almeria 4-1 and Sevilla edged Real Sociedad 1-0.
The UEFA Champions League last 16 fixtures commenced Tuesday with Paris Saint-Germain sailing to an easy 4-0 victory over hosts Bayer Leverkusen, while Barcelona beat Manchester City 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium.
In the second part of an exclusive chat with FIFA.com, Xavi touched on the criticism aimed at Barcelona, his ‘extraordinary’ partnership with Iniesta and his future in the game.
Xavi speaks to FIFA.com about his passion for football, Spain's loss to Brazil in the FIFA Confederations Cup, why playing at home will not necessarily be an advantage at the FIFA World Cup and Spain’s desire to retain their crown.
Barcelona and Atletico Madrid remain atop the Spanish La Liga table on 54 points after Barça beat Malaga 3-0 and Atleti took down Rayo Vallecano 4-2, while Athletic Bilbao saw off Osasuna, comfortably winning 5-1.