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Ex-Barca player Xavi Hernandez becomes ambassador of FC Barcelona Foundation

Former Barcelona player Xavi Hernandez has been appointed the ambassador of the FC Barcelona Foundation. Speeches were made during the occasion.


This was done in recognition for the coach’s humanitarian behaviours, according to the club’s website.

In attendance during the occasion were the club’s president Joan Laporta and their board of directors, people from the board of patrons of the Foundation, the first team captains and staff, the managing committee, and the foundation’s general director Dr Marta Segú.

Hernandez gave the following speech:

‘It is a highly satisfying honour. We are in a privileged position from which to help the people who most need it.

‘As we should be doing. As Johan Cruyff said, if you have the chance to help someone then you should do just that.

‘I enjoy helping people. You can change the lives of a lot of people, football is a spectacular tool for change and I think the club is in the right place and time to change a lot of people’s lives. That is our fortune and our privilege.

Barcelona leader Joan Laporta said:

‘We are proud to have a Barça legend, someone with such personality as Xavi and who is so able to help to accept the role of ambassador of the Foundation.

‘Xavi performs and explains the Barça values. He perfectly understands the meaning of ‘More than a Club’ and how important it is to defend the colours both on and off the pitch.

‘And he also has that dedication to social causes and implication with all the different actions and programmes that we run through the Foundation, that are all part of the club crest, and also of our soul, which is the Foundation, and that’s fantastic.

Another person who spoke during the ceremony was Marta Segú.

‘We know that Xavi is one of ours,’ General Director Segú said. ‘He knows us inside-out, the place where the Barça values are taught and now he is part of the Foundation, the soul of Barça.

‘This is the organisation that promotes these values and Xavi is the best person right now to encapsulate this position as ambassador of the Foundation. We feel proud and grateful.

‘I have known him since he was a player and he has always been eager to support the Foundation and its programmes and campaigns, and he has a special awareness when it comes to children with difficulties. Being a Barça ambassador means being a role model for children around the world.

‘Xavi is discrete, very responsible, disciplined and hard-working, a person who likes working in a team and who cares about other people. He is a legend who can help us us to convey our values and to look at people in vulnerable situations in a different way.

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