Midfielder Xavi, 35, will say goodbye to Barca after the Final against Juventus in Berlin next Saturday, having announced he is moving to Qatari side Al-Saad.
Barcelona legend Xavi admits he may find it impossible not to cry if he wins the Champions League in his very last match for the Catalan giants.
Midfielder Xavi, 35, will say goodbye to Barca after the Final against Juventus in Berlin next Saturday, having announced he is moving to Qatari side Al-Saad next season.
It will end a 17-year career in Spain that has seen him win 23 major titles, including three Champions League and eight La Liga triumphs, plus two European Championships and a World Cup with his country.
In fact, Xavi has been with Barca since he was just 11, so it's no wonder he is emotional ahead of next weekend’s season finale which will end a 24-year association.
He said: “For me this final is a very special match because it is my goodbye after many years in Barcelona. I have always lived at this club and now I have to leave home.
“So my dream is to play and win the Champions League one last time. It will be an amazing sensation if we do it.”
Xavi, who has been the heartbeat of the most successful Barcelona team of all time, is normally regarded as one of the calmest men in football. But even he expects some extra emotion in Berlin.
“Normally I am a man with a very calm character. But if everything goes well in Berlin it will very emotional and I’m sure tears will come,” he said.
“I want to dedicate the trophy to my son who is going to attend the match this year. It’s another incentive to win.”
It looks like being another incredible year for Barca, who stuttered in the early stages but came through to win La Liga, finishing ahead of bitter rivals Real Madrid, and now have the chance to win their fifth European Cup.
“Barcelona have had some difficult moments this season but we have reacted in the right way to win La Liga and to reach two other finals,” said Xavi.
“This makes it a success but now the challenge is to win the last game. Our dream is to win and to dedicate it to our supporters. That’s our mission every season and this year it’s possible.”
Victory next weekend would be a fitting finale to an amazing career for Xavi and Barca have already been made favourites after Real Madrid missed out on a place in the final by losing to Juve in the last four. But the midfielder is taking nothing for granted.
He added: “I am Spanish and a final against Real Madrid would have been a unique one, but Juventus have deserved to get there. People say we are favourites but Juve are the champions of Italy and have a tremendous squad.
“The danger in their team is everywhere – look at the quality of their players. Buffon, Chiellini, Vidal, Pirlo, Tevez, Llorente, Morata. It’s a super team that is capable of beating us.
“For me it’s 50-50 but I am always optimistic. We need to concentrate from the very first minute.”
Whatever happens in Berlin, however, Xavi is adamant his Barca dream is over and it will be time to think about the future.
“In football there is always a time to go and mine is now,” he said. “It’s going to be emotional but I am also very attracted to a new adventure in Qatar. It’s a different world with many challenges. I’m not going there for a holiday, that’s for sure.”