Kalyan Kulkarni, Writer-in-residence

No single player in the world football in past one decade has made his mark on the game in the manner FC Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez has done it. The midfield maestro is set to bid adieu to the club where he spent 24 glorious years, to play in Qatar. The likes of Paul Pogba, Koke and Ilkay Gundogan are regarded as his possible replacements.

Spanish giants Real Madrid have failed to win any major trophy this season. President Florentino Perez is very dissatisfied with the performance of Carlo Ancelotti as he is planning to sack the coach next month. AC Milan are keeping a close watch on the situation of Carlo Ancelotti as they want him to replace Pippo Inzaghi and handle their ambitious new project.