Former Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez has controversially said that the political system in Qatar works better than in Spain.
The 39-year-old brought his illustrious playing career to a close earlier this year and is now in charge of Qatari club Al Sadd, for whom he played after leaving the Blaugrana in 2015.
“I do not live in a democratic country, but I believe that the system here works better than there [Spain],” Xavi told Ara, as cited by 20minutos.es.
“I will have to vote (in the Spanish general election in November), of course. I want the best for my future and that of my children. And unfortunately, I see that Spain does not work in the best way.
“Here we have peace of mind, security…we have no house key, you leave the car running…Núria [Xavi’s wife] even tells me that if we can continue here it will also be better for our children. Both were born here. In Qatar people are happy.
“It is true that there is no democratic regime, but people are happy. They are delighted with the royal family, they carry his photographs in the car, he takes cares of his citizens.”
Xavi made 767 first-team appearances for the Catalan giants between 1998 and 2015, alongside winning 133 caps for the Spanish national team.
He won eight La Liga titles alongside three Copa del Rey crowns and four Champions League trophies in his total of 25 titles with the club.