Xavi Hernández says goodbye to Barça after a lifetime of achievement. / VÍCTOR SALGADO-FCB

Xavi played his second to last game in an FC Barcelona shirt. For sure, it was one of his most special. It was his last league game, and although the Spanish Cup final is to be played on Saturday 30 May at Camp Nou, today was the last time for him to play in front of his fans at home.

The Barça captain was the first player on the pitch, and was greeted to chants of "“Xavi! Xavi!” throughout the game. In the 85th minute he was replaced by Andrés Iniesta, a planned pause designed to let the crowd of 93,743 cheer Xavi off the field.

When the final whistle blew, the Camp Nou video board played a short highlight reel of the man of the hour. Xavi then took the microphone and thanked the fans whule fighting back tears.

"Thanks for everything, from the heart," was the first thing that came out of his mouth. "You've made me the happiest man in the world today and for the past 17 years," he added.

You've made me the happiest man in the world today and for the past 17 years.

"You have no idea how proud I am to be a Barça player," he continued. "We want the Cup and the Champions League. Visca el Barça and Visca Catalunya!," he exclaimed before taking a lap around the field and tossed skyward by his team mates.

Together, unstoppable

But the party was about more than just a legend saying goodbye. Xavi also was the one who accepted the league championship trophy, lifting it to raucous applause for both player and team. Fireworks shook the stadium as Queen's "We are the champions" blared in the background. Players, coaches and staff were euphoric.

A victory lap followed while the fans displayed, once again, the blue and pomegranate mosaic declaring Barça the 2014/15 "campions."

Luis Enrique had a few words to say, thanking the fans for their support "all season long, not just in this marvelous moment."


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