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Former Barcelona and Spain star Xavi just won the Qatari lottery

The midfielder was unaware he had won the prize money after opening an account last year

Most football fans would consider professional footballers as being the ‘lucky’ ones.

But this is another level.

Former Barcelona legend and Spain star Xavi bagged himself the jackpot in Qatar’s Doha Bank lottery, winning almost £250,000 in the process.


The winning prize of one million Qatari Rial was bagged by the Al-Sadd player, who said it was completely unexpected.

The draw happened back in June, but Xavi was presented with one of those comical novelty big cheques for safe keeping.


You can see the star’s winning number appear at the 41:30 mark on Facebook Live here.

The lottery is part of Doha Bank’s Al Dana Savings Scheme, which has a lottery draw for its savings customers.

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Xavi opened an account with the bank last year, and unsurprisingly said he was ‘delighted’ to have opened an account with the bank.

He said: “Winning the QR1m cash prize was an unexpected but welcome surprise.

“I had opened my account at Doha Bank on December 5, 2016, as I had taken interest in the Al Dana programme after hearing about how Doha Bank encourages their customers to save money, and get a chance to become millionaires, as well as the opportunity to win other cash prizes.


“I started to invest with the Al Dana Savings programme, aiming to win the QR1m.

“Today, I can say that I’m happy that I opened an Al Dana Savings account and invested my savings.

“I would like to thank Doha Bank for this opportunity and I wish the same luck unto the other Al Dana customers in the future.”

Nice quotes there, Xavi. Very nice. We had no idea you spoke such polished and corporate English.

WATCH: Xavi still showing he’s got it in Qatar