The Barcelona legend, Xavi stated that Lionel Messi still has the ability to continue playing at the peak until he is 39 years old.
“Messi has another 5-7 years of playing football,”
Xavi told Samuel Eto’o in a conversation on social networks. “He takes good care of his body and can play until he is 39 years old. I am sure he will be in Qatar for the World Cup 2022. Coaching Messi is a big task, we are talking about the best player. All Time”.
Messi will turn 33 in June. In his career, the Argentine superstar has participated in four World Cup finals from 2006 to 2018. If he participates in the World Cup 2022, he will equalize the record of Antonio Carbajal, Rafael Marquez (Mexico), Lothar Matthaus (Germany) and Gianluigi Buffon (Italy).
Besides, Xavi also explained the decision to refuse to return to lead Barca and wants Neymar to return to Barca.
“January was not the right time. I had conversations with Eric Abidal (sports director) and Oscar Grau (executive director) and received the offer,” Xavi revealed. “However, I need to gain experience. Leading Barcelona is a dream, and I want to do it.”
Xavi asserts: “In terms of ability, there is no doubt that Neymar is among the best 3-5 players in the world. He always knows how to make a difference. I hope he returns to Barca. public Neymar, Barca will have a big push mentally. “
Messi‘s future has been the topic of recent attention. The Argentine superstar’s current contract with Barca will expire in June 2021. However, he has yet to agree to a new contract with the Camp Nou team.
In the 2019/20 season, Messi scored 24 goals and had 16 assists after 31 appearances in all competitions. In La Liga alone, he scored 19 goals and had 12 assists in 22 matches. This achievement helped him lead the race “Scorer” and “King of assists” of the tournament.
‘Having not won the World Cup, Messi still lives in the shadow of Maradona’
Arsene Wenger said that Lionel Messi must have success with the Argentina team if he is to match Diego Maradona.
“Argentina has the best player in the world but they haven’t won the World Cup yet. Lionel Messi understands that as long as he doesn’t, he will have to live in the shadow of Diego Maradona,” the coach said. Arsene Wenger insists.
Comparing the two top stars of Argentine football, the former Arsenal manager commented: “The interesting thing is that Messi is the opposite of Maradona, who tends to be more open. He is calm, introverted and doesn’t talk much. “They are all geniuses, Messi has achieved more success at the club level, but to be recognized as Maradona, he must win with the Argentina team.”
In his illustrious career, Messi won a total of 34 titles with Barca, including 10 La Liga championships and 4 Champions League. However, the titles on the national team still turned away from “El Pulga”.
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