Xavi's illustrious 17-year stay with Barcelona will come to an end after Barcelona's Champions League final clash with Serie A giants Juventus.
Facing the Old Lady is a fitting end for the Barca legend as he gets to settle a score with another legend of the beautiful game, Andrea Pirlo.
Together the two playmaking geniuses won 46 trophies in careers spanning a combined 38 years. They wowed the crowd with their spellbinding passes establishing themselves as the greatest midfielders of their generation and arguably of all-time.
However, football is a competitive sport where the totem pole is only big enough for one winner and that is where the Spaniard comes up trumps.
Tiki-taka was the brainchild of Pep Guardiola, the greatest Barcelona manager of all-time, one of the finest players the Blaugrana ever had and the man Xavi was heir to when he made his professional debut in 1998.
When Guardiola took over Barcelona in 2008, the club were in disarray and Xavi had yet to develop into the player he once threatened to become. Of the seven trophies he had won up to 2008, he was not a major player in many of them. During the Champions League campaign in 2006 won by Barcelona, he only played four matches.
Overall, the playmaker only had two individual medals to show for his efforts - La Liga Breakthrough of the Year 1999 and La Liga Spanish Player of the Year 2005 - suggesting he was not pivotal to the way Barcelona played.
Meanwhile, Pirlo had already cultivated much of the legendary status he is known for today. The then AC Milan midfielder had won 11 trophies, including starring in two Champions League titles (2003 and 2007) and one Serie A trophy (2004).
His best showing was in the 2006 World Cup where he dragged an Italian side riddled with match-fixing controversy to one of the most unlikely victories of all-time. During the course of the tournament he won three Man of the Match awards including one against France in the final and he was the top assister, arguably making him the best player in the tournament and in the world.
Tiki-taka revolved around keeping possession as high up the pitch as possible, moving the ball along the ground swiftly but accurately with one or two touches in an attempt to keep the opposition chasing the ball.
The overall aim was to tire opposition and exploit gaps that appear as they chased the game. On the rare occasion Barcelona would lose possession, their players were fresh and camped around tired players and could easily win the ball back.
Spain had also adopted a similar style under then head-coach Luis Aragones and it led to Xavi leading the national side to their first ever international trophy since 1964 in 2008.
The midfielder's efforts were recognised as he won his first two major individual awards of his career: Euro 2008 Player of the Tournament and IFFHS World's Best Playmaker in 2008.
Between 2008 and 2012 a slew of club and nation trophies, as well as individual gongs were picked up by the Xavi proving that Barcelona's and Spain's success were synonymous with the fortune's of midfielder and that is exactly why he is superior to Pirlo.
When the Spaniard merely glances up, the whole team makes forward runs in expectation. When he steps back, his teammates move closer towards him to provide an angle to pass. Such is their trust in Xavi's ability to pick the correct pass, his teammates allow him do as he wishes and simply play around his decisions.
Giuliana Spalletti Roma, Arsene Wenger's Arsenal, Brendan Rodgers' Swansea and Liverpool, Manuel Pellegrini's Villarreal and many others were among those desperate to copy the blueprint that created the greatest club and international sides in history. And it was Xavi, not Pirlo at the heart of it.