Register Login Scores

Spanish La Liga

Xavi Names Real Madrid Star As His Successor

While FC Barcelona have been struggling to replace former captain Xavi Hernandez, the Spaniard has surprisingly named a star of the Blaugrana's bitter rivals Real Madrid as his successor.

Click through the gallery above to see Xavi's five favourite non-Barca midfielders.

The 37-year-old left the Catalan giants in 2015, and has since lifted two trophies with Al-Sadd in Qatar.

Xavi has now named Los Blancos midfielder Toni Kroos as his successor, praising the German for an impressive three years since arriving at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"Kroos is like an engine in the Real Madrid game," the Spaniard told German publication Sport Bild.

"Because of the way he plays, he reminds me a lot of myself – he is my successor in that position."

Xavi also revealed who he will support in the UEFA Champions League final between Juventus and Real on 3 June.

"As a former Barca player, I cannot support Real Madrid," he added.

"If Madrid is doing well, Barca is going badly, it has always been that way.

"I wish Juve luck, they deserve it for their work in recent years."

Read: UEFA Announce La Liga Team Of The Season, Snub Neymar

In another interview with Le Parisien earlier this week, Xavi listed Kroos, Luka Modric, Thiago Alcantara, Mesut Ozil and Marco Verratti as his favourite midfielders outside his former club.

Do you think Kroos can be compared to Xavi? Have your say in the comments section below.

Gallery: Real & Ronaldo Celebrate First La Liga Title Since 2012

Messi Wins Pichichi Title, Goes One Clear Of CR7

Spain Announce 25-Man World Cup Qualifier Squad, Snub Eight Stars

25 comments

Top 5

Real Madrid Transfer Talk: Seven Out, Eight In?

18 May 06, 2021 12:29 PM in LaLiga

Injury Latest: Sirino, Zwane & Two Others

10 May 06, 2021 08:25 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

12 Players Mourinho Wants To Sign

4 May 07, 2021 12:21 PM in Serie A

SAFA Provide Important Update On Ntseki

22 May 06, 2021 09:56 AM in Bafana

New Arrival At Pirates Training

28 May 11, 2021 01:01 PM in Orlando Pirates

Black On Black - Amakhosi Legend Stuns In Latest Polo Fashion Flex

7 May 11, 2021 12:19 PM in Drip, Style & Swag

MMA Superstar McGregor To Buy Premier League Giants?

13 May 10, 2021 02:24 PM in English Premier League

Chiefs Players' Attitudes Under Scrutiny

55 May 09, 2021 11:03 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Mofedi: It Looks Like Lorch Wants To Leave…

73 May 10, 2021 11:26 AM in Orlando Pirates

Downs’ Mkhulise Responds To French Club Reports

12 May 06, 2021 10:56 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

The Highest-Paid African Stars In The EPL

18 Feb 02, 2021 07:14 PM in English Premier League

Another Exit At Cape Town City

May 06, 2021 01:33 PM in PSL

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

23 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News

Ex-Chiefs Striker Calls For Patience With Hunt

66 May 06, 2021 12:59 PM in Kaizer Chiefs