Xavi was victorious in the first match at Qatar’s Khalifa International Stadium since it was revamped ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
The Barcelona legend picked up the trophy after Al Sadd’s 2-1 victory over Al Rayyan, who are coached by fellow Barca great Michael Laudrup.
Xavi provided a delightful assist for the stoppage-time winner from Jugurtha Hamroun, before Rodrigo Tabata’s opener for Al Sadd was cancelled out by Hassan Haydos.
The Khalifa stadium is the first World Cup venue to be completed, five years ahead of the tournament, and it will also host the 2019 World Athletics Championship.
The air-conditioned arena has a capacity of 40,000 and Fifa president Gianni Infantino was in attendance for the final.
The air con reportedly kept fans cool as temperatures reached 35 °C during the match.
Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, released a statement regarding the stadium.
He said:“The completion of our first stadium more than five years before the Qatar World Cup begins is an important milestone that reflects our determination to deliver a tournament the entire Arab world is proud to be a part of.
“As we promised in our bid, our innovative stadiums offer an unrivalled experience to fans and players alike.
“I’m proud we can show these off to the world and welcome fans with the hospitality this World Cup will be remembered for.”