Champions League: Barcelona's Xavi breaks down in live TV tribute

(left to right) Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, Xavi and Andres Iniesta
Going, going, gone - Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu (left) and Andres Iniesta comfort Xavi
Champions League final: Barcelona v Juventus
Venue: Olympiastadion, Berlin Date: Saturday, 6 June Kick-off: 19:45 BST
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Sport website

He could hold it together under severe pressure on the football pitch, but Barcelona legend Xavi crumbled during his live farewell tribute on Wednesday.

The 35-year-old, who leaves the club after 25 years following Saturday's Champions League final, was on stage as players, managers, friends and family paid tribute to the midfielder.

"I hope this is not goodbye, but more a case of see you later," said Xavi.

"Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine the things I would experience."

Xavi, who has won 24 trophies with Barca plus a World Cup and two European Championships with Spain, will join Qatari side Al Sadd on a three-year deal.

Xavi
It did not take long for Xavi to well up as Barca president Bartomeu read out his tribute in front of media, family and friends live on the club's TV channel
Xavi (left) and Andres Iniesta
Xavi was then presented with a signed shirt by his long-time midfield partner and close friend Andres Iniesta, who also gave a speech
Xavi
The star attraction then addressed those who assembled at the farewell event
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, who gave Xavi his Barca debut in 1998, said in a video tribute: "Xavi, you are not very bad, you are very good"
Xavi's wife (left) and his parents
Xavi's wife Nuria Cunillera (left) and his parents were also present as the player announced he and his wife were expecting their first child
Dani Alves (second from right) and Neymar (right)
Full-back Dani Alves (second from right) and Neymar (right) attended in more casual attire - Barca manager Luis Enrique and ex-defender Carles Puyol also sat in the audience

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