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Qatar inaugurated its first purpose-built stadium for the 2022 World Cup on Thursday, staging a prestigious domestic cup final in the $575 million, 40,000-capacity Al-Wakrah venue.
The next campaign of world football will definitely feel like a step into a different era, as many legendary players are saying goodbye to the beautiful game this year. Xavi, Van Persie, Cech, Robben and Ribery are all retiring or leaving their clubs. Football will not not be the same without these legends, who have all meant a great deal to their clubs and national teams.
His future is one of the main topics in recent weeks once he announced his retirement to move into coaching. But Xavi Hernandez is clear that at least for the time being he wants to stay in Qatar.
Al-Hilal and Al-Sadd claimed wins to seal progression from the group stage in the AFC Champions League.
FC Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has sent a message to Xavi Hernandez in his Instagram account, in which he praises the man who was also captain of the Catalan club and says he has missed him since he left them in 2015.
Former Barcelona star Xavi rolled back the years by scoring a brilliant free-kick in Al Sadd's AFC Champions League win over Pakhtakor.
Xavi Hernandez increased his trophy cabinet with the trophy cabinet. The Catalan midfielder increased his silverware and now has 34 titles, his fourth with Al Sadd, where it seems he has put put the icing on a fantastic career.
During a promotional tour in India, Xavi Hernandez has spoken out about his thoughts on Lionel Messi. "Each day, he is a better player, it's incredible"
Clubs from Iran, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Qatar will meet once again in a politically-charged group stage of the 2019 AFC Champions League but officials are confident that football can help to bring the squabbling neighbours together.