Champions League final favourites Barcelona will be looking to complete a treble on Saturday, when they face the Italian champions Juventus in Berlin. After clinching a domestic league and cup double in Spain in recent weeks, they are seeking a fifth European Cup (Champions League) success to cap a wonderful season. The players have further reason to strive for the victory, as they seek to bring the curtain down on club legend Xavi Hernandez's career in style.

Pastures new for Xavi

The club captain, 35-year-old Xavi will be leaving his beloved Barcelona at the end of the season for pastures new.

He has agreed a three-year contract with Al Sadd, a Qatari side that play in the Qatar Stars League. It will be some change of pace for the former Spanish international midfielder, swapping his familiar surroundings for the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha with a ground capacity of just 15,000. He is used to the electric atmosphere inside the Camp Nou in front of 90,000 screaming Catalans.

Iniesta paid his respects

His fellow teammate, Andres Iniesta, with whom he formed the fulcrum in midfield for not only Barca but also the national side for several years, spoke of the determination to send his colleague off in style. At a press conference this week he said that winning the Champions League trophy would be "the greatest way for him to leave the club." He added that Xavi had been "a unique player" for the club over the years.

After a record number of appearances for Barcelona of well over 750 games, including approaching 500 La Liga matches, he is one of a dying breed of one-club footballers (until his move to Qatar of course).

Double success

Barcelona outlasted arch rivals Real Madrid to regain the league title in Spain this year, taking the crown narrowly by just two points.

They also claimed the Copa del Rey with a 3-1 victory in the final over Athletic Bilbao.

European club honours

Although the club have won the top honour in European Football three times during his time with them, Xavi has yet to lift the prestigious trophy himself in his captain's role. He allowed Eric Abidal to lift it in 2011 (after the Frenchman came back from liver illness) and Carles Puyol captained them when they defeated Manchester United in 2009.

He was also on the subs' bench for their earlier success in 2006, after recovering from a knee ligament injury.

A starting place for Xavi against Juventus is uncertain, with Iniesta more likely to take a place in midfield at his expense if fit to do so. Iniesta has been nursing a calf strain since the cup victory. If not in the starting line-up, a place on the bench for their captain would still allow him to come on at some point during the game. As for the 'fitting' send off for him, that may depend heavily on Juventus.