Many retired football players go into coaching. The great majority start with the youth teams and work their way up the ranks as their experience grows.
This is the case with three former Barcelona players who are now coaches for other clubs. Former players who have gone on to manage and make decisions for their club from a different perspective, occupying an office.
Here are the top three former Barcelona players who are currently coaching football teams:
1. Pep Guardiola (Manchester City)
Pep Guardiola played as a defensive midfielder for Barcelona and spent eleven seasons at the Camp Nou, winning over ten trophies.
After hanging his boots, he ventured into coaching and has had a very successful coaching career, winning titles with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and of course his current club Manchester City.
2. Luis Enrique (Spain)
The Spaniard joined Barcelona in the year 1996, having previously played for rivals Real Madrid. Luis Enrique spent eight seasons as Barcelona and played sometimes as a midfielder and other times as a forward.
He has also had a terrific coaching career, most especially with Barcelona where he won a treble in 2015. He is currently in charge of Spain at international level.
3. Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona)
Xavi spent 17 seasons at Barcelona and is one of the club’s longest-serving players, winning every possible trophy during his time there.
He ventured into coaching after his retirement from professional football and was in charge of Saudi Arabian club Al Sadd before he was made manager of Barcelona.