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Xavi's time with Spain could be coming to an end following World Cup debacle

  • Spain's players Xavi Hernandez, right, attends a training session at the Atletico Paranaense training center in Curitiba, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014. Spain play in group B of the Brazil 2014 World Cup. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    Spain's players Xavi Hernandez, right, attends a training session at the Atletico Paranaense training center in Curitiba, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014. Spain play in group B of the Brazil 2014 World Cup. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Spain's Xavi Hernandez attends a training session at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Spain will play in group B of the Brazil 2014 World Cup. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    Spain's Xavi Hernandez attends a training session at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Spain will play in group B of the Brazil 2014 World Cup. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)  (The Associated Press)

With his Barcelona career seemingly coming to a close, there is a prevailing sentiment that Xavi Hernandez's time with Spain is ending as well.

Perhaps no player has been as important to Spain's dominance over the last six years as Xavi, so the sense of an era ending was even greater when the 34-year-old playmaker watched from the bench as the defending champion was eliminated from the World Cup with a 2-0 loss to Chile.

Xavi hasn't spoken publicly since Spain's loss, but the buildup to Monday's final Group A match against Australia is being treated as a send-off for him.

Spain midfielder Santi Cazorla says "in the history of football, there is no other player like Xavi Hernandez and a big part of Spain's success should be credited to him."