Terrassa (and everyone else) loves Xavi
Picture courtesy of Terrassa21’s flickr.
Well, one good result (and probably the only one) of Xavi’s injury is that he finally had time to go back to Terrassa to be honored for his enormous role in winning the World Cup for Spain and other stellar achievements!
On Wednesday, the town hall and town of Terrassa celebrated Xavi Hernández for basically being a fantastic football player and person. Xavi, accompanied by his parents and his agent, was received in the town hall by the mayor, where he signed the Book of Honor of the city (Xavi already has the Terrassa City Medal, the highest honor they give out). The mayor said of Xavi, “he’s the best player in the world both on and off the field and a role model for young people.” Xavi also came out on the balcony of the town hall to give a little speech, telling them that it was a great honor to be there and that Terrassa has a very secure place in his heart.
Being the modest guy he is, Xavi also told reporters that the national team “won’t miss me, because there’s a great group of players with enough quality to win these next few games.” He added that he hopes to reappear against Valencia next weekend.
Xavi’s father Joaquim was also at the celebrations, and he told Radio Nacional that “Xavi is suffering a lot. His tendons are very affected but he kept playing because he loves the sport. The months of August and September were very difficult for him. He’s at his limit and he needs to rest.” To La Sexta, Joaquim said, “Xavi was on the verge of tearing both of his Achilles tendons, which would probably have meant the end of the season for him.”
Watch another video here, including more from Xavi’s parents (his mother says that she was reminded of her father, who had always said of Xavi, “this one will get far”).