As Xavi was substituted off during Barcelona's 2-2 draw to Deportivo, the whole ground stood up in appreciation. The bellow of 'Xavi! Xavi!' rung around the Nou Camp in honour of the diminutive maestro. These tributes were not just for his performance on the day, but for the 17 years Xavi has spent as the perpetual beat in the heart of the Barcelona midfield. Xavi's last match for the Catalonian giants was always going to be special, and fans from all over the world made sure of it.
The tribute banner certainly took Xavi by surprise...
Xavi was substituted to a rousing applause and deafening cheers. Rather unsurprisingly, it got the better of Xavi, who shed tears as he took his place on the bench.
All the tributes just go to show how important Xavi has been for not only Barcelona but world football over the past two decades.https://twitter.com/GaryLineker/status/602176042162376704
https://twitter.com/andresiniesta8/status/602217286900953089 Not wanting to leave Barcelona fans feeling sad at his departure, Xavi assured them that he would return to the Nou Camp in a fortnight's time to celebrate the treble.