Upon Luis Aragonés’ death, one of the most (if not the most) influential Spanish players of all time, Barça’s Xavi Hernández wrote his tribute to one of the most important coaches of his career. In many ways, Luis Aragonés gave back to Xavi the joy of playing football. Aragonés was made the boss of the national team and he understood that, in order to win, he needed the best players. Here, a text Xavi wrote to say goodbye to this influential character.*
“You are not Japanese. You understand what I say, don’t you?,” he said to me one night. It seems like I’m watching him, in that hotel room, and I know I will miss him, a lot. I loved him very much. And I talked to him so much too.