Xavi García is one of several great players who retired from their national teams after the Tokyo Olympics.
But, unlike the others, who will play for the clubs, García said goodbye to playing water polo. He ended his career this summer.
García won medals with two national teams. Playing for Spain, he collected five medals, including gold at the 2009 World Championships. After he wasn’t invited to the national team in 2013, García took Croatian citizenship. He debuted for Croatia winning silver at the 2016 Olympic Games. In the following years, he took two medals at the World Championships (gold and bronze) and bronze at the 2018 Europeans.
He retired as Jug’s captain. García won the 2016 Champions League playing for Jug.
“It’s very difficult to vote because there are a lot of players that can (and must) be in the top 5. Perrone, Jaksic, Lopez Pinedo, Loncar, or Ivovic are some players that (in my opinion) must be there too…” started Xavi for Total Waterpolo.
Xavi Garcia’s Top 5 for 2021