Xavi appointed as global ambassador of Qatar for FIFA World Cup 2022

A file photo of Xavier Hernandez. Photograph: (Twitter) Photograph:( WION Web Team )

WION Web Team Qatar Mar 26, 2018, 11.00 PM (IST)

Xavier Hernandez, former Spanish professional footballer who currently plays as a central-midfielder for Qatari club Al Sadd SC was named as a global ambassador for the 2022 World Cup local organising committee in Qatar on Sunday.

The 38-year-old who is known for playing for the Spain national team and Barcelona will be an ambassador for the organisation "responsible for delivering the infrastructure" for the World Cup.

"I have seen first-hand what football can achieve in communities in Qatar and across the region," the former Barcelona midfielder said in a statement.

"Football has the power to unite people, dispel stereotypes and break down social barriers," he further added.

Xavi is the first player in Barcelona's history to play 150 international matches, Xavi played for Barca for 17 years from 1998, winning eight La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns while claiming the World Cup with Spain in 2010.

For his excellence in sports, he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for Sports in 2012.

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The 38-year-old who is known for playing for the Spain national team and Barcelona will be an ambassador for the organisation "responsible for delivering the infrastructure" for the World Cup