Matt Le Tissier, a Guernsey-born John the Baptist to Xavi’s impressionable young Christ
Good soccer players, bad soccer fans.
All across Europe, the old lights of football have either gone or are going out. The era of club legends may have passed for good.
The end appears to have come for Xavi, the avatar of and prime mover in Spain's tiki-taka attack. These moments are always sad, but nothing ever really ends.
As the team struggles on the pitch, Barcelona's front office is bleeding front-office types and losing its claim as the world's most beautiful team.
Spanish soccer officials claim that if Catalonia declares independence, its teams will be kicked out of La Liga.