We’re definitely getting old.
Over the last couple of seasons, we’ve watched and wept as a host of players we grew up idolising have hung up their boots.
Premier League legends Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard bowed out last year, while we also said goodbye to greats like Francesco Totti and Xabi Alonso at the end of the season.
Recently, we’ve been dealt the blow that Andrea Pirlo will never-again grace a football pitch, while it’s fairly likely we’ll see the last of Gianluigi Buffon at the end of this season.
And now there’s another great name we can add to the list.
Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi has announced his plans to retire and pursue a career in coaching.
The 37-year-old, who currently turns out for Qatari side Al-Sadd, is widely considered to be one of the greatest midfielders of all time.
His passing range and ability made him the embodiment of Barcelona and Spain’s glorious ‘tiki-taka’ style of play that dominated the game a few years back.
But don’t feel too sad for him.
The playmaking genius has won pretty much everything possible in the game, including the World Cup in 2010 and two European Championships in 2008 and 2012 with Spain.
He also won countless honours with Barcelona, notably the Champions League an incredible four times.
In 2015, he left Barca after 17-years to play in the Middle East, and recently claimed his time in Qatar helped him prolong his career.
Speaking to Sport, he said: “I’ve had luck not to be injured and I think my career has come towards its end.
“There’s been a descent. Qatar allowed me this. Now I see myself being more tired, it’s harder to recover.”
But the Spaniard reiterated his desire to stay in the game, saying: “I have the idea of getting my coaching license next year and being a coach.”
So, will Xavi be a successful coach?
Former Barca greats Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique certainly did alright.