Xavi Hernandez was unveiled as Barcelona new head coach on Monday as Blaugrana fans turnout in thousands to welcome their club’s legend back to Camp Nou.
Xavi walked out to chants “Xavi, Xavi” alongside his family and Barca President Joan Laporta before signing his contract on the field.
“I don’t want to get too emotional so I will just tell you one thing — we are the best club in the world,” Xavi told the crowd of about 10,000 fans.
“And we will work to the highest standards to have success. We cannot accept defeats or draws; we have to win every game.”
Laporta stated: “Today will be a historic day for Barca.”
Xavi is the first Barcalona head coach to be presented on the on field in front of fans at the 99,000-capacity stadium.
Xavi’s appointment was confirmed in the early hours of Saturday and he flew out of Doha a few hours later before watching Barcelona’s game that ended up in dramatic draw against Celta Vigo.
Xavi’s first training session in charge will be on Tuesday, although the squad is depleted by injuries and absentees away on international duty.
As a coach, Xavi will have his debut against local rivals Espanyol on November 20.
After playing 767 games for Barcelona, Xavi left to play for Al Sadd in Qatar in 2015 before he returned to the club as head coach four years later.
He is one of the Barca’s greatest players, having won eight La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues, as well as the World Cup and two European Championships with Spain.