The news today from Barça is that Xavi has extended his contract from 2014 until 2016, meaning he’ll almost definitely retire at FCB. He’s currently 30 and so by June 30, 2016, he’ll be 36. That’s a ripe old age for such a workhorse like Xavi. Hopefully he can pull it off, but I expect him to make his departure amicably from the club right around 2014 anyway, probably through a deal that earns the club a bit of cash and sends him somewhere fun.
If he continues at his current pace, by 2016, Xavi will have appeared in (44 games per year) 790 games in all competitions, making him both the longest-serving player (18 years) and also give him the most appearances by more than 100 (Migueli had 664). HOORAY.