Manchester United manager pays heart-warming tribute to Xavi

He may not be a softie by any means but when it comes to proteges retiring, Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal does not hold back.

Barcelona legend, Xavi Hernandez is set to walk out of Camp Nou after spending his whole life at the Catalan club for whom he won everything domestic, continental and world football had on offer.

In his farewell ceremony, Van Gaal paid a heart-warming tribute to the man whom he gave his Barcelona debut all those years ago. Such was the choice of the Dutchman’s words that everyone listening to his take on Xavi’s career got really emotional while the Spanish legend could not hold back tears as his mentor delivered a few statements that show just how much he loves Xavi.

Watch this clip and see how respect is earned and not taken.