The speculation and rumors are finally over.
Long-time Barcelona star midfielder Xavi Hernandez has officially agreed to join the MLS expansion New York City FC in 2015, becoming the third Designated Player to join the club. The first two were former Atletico Madrid star David Villa and former Chelsea star Frank Lampard.
Barcelona legend Xavi is due to complete New York City move this week http://t.co/rL6Pxaha7A
— SPORT English (@Sport_EN) July 21, 2014
The 34-year old Xavi will officially become the fourth signing of the club, behind Villa, former Montreal Impact defender Jeb Brovsky and MLS veteran goalkeeper Josh Saunders.
Xavi has won just about everything there is to win in the sport, leading Spain to a Euro title in 2008 and to a World Cup title in 2010 in South Africa.
Last year, he scored five goals with Barcelona in 50 games and also played with Spain in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He’s scored a combined 90 career goals during his 13 year senior career between Barcelona and Spain’s National team, while also recording career assists with Barcelona.
The deal is reported to be worth $24 million of three years starting in NYCFC’s inaugural 2015 season.