While he may not be competing at Barcelona-esque levels these days, Xavi has proved that he’s not simply fobbing it off as he tops up his pension pot out in Qatar.
Now aged 36 and almost two years removed from his spiritual home at the Camp Nou, the diminutive maestro looks as nimble and fluid as ever, as this wonderful highlight reel of his 2015/16 season with Al-Sadd duly attests.
The feints, the turns, the awareness, the metronomic passing – all in the name of retaining the ball and keeping it moving. It’s all still there and, of course, it’s still an absolute joy to behold.
Basically, what you’re about to see is 10 uninterrupted minutes of midfield play in its purest form…
Bonito. Consider that you’re little Friday afternoon treat from Pies.