Messi Would Play Till 40 - Xavi

Former Barcelona midfielder, Xavi has opined that Barcelona talisman, Lionel Messi would still carry on for 5 or 7 more years.

The Argentine attacker has been in great form this season having already scored 24 goals this season before football was brought to a halt due to the coronavirus crisis.
Messi, 32, is very invaluable to the Blaugrana's overall chances of success and Xavi feels the Argentina superstar still has much more to offer both his club and country despite his advancing age.

"He's still got five or seven very good years left in him, he takes good care of himself and he can keep playing until he's 37, 38 or 39. He'll play at the Qatar World Cup, I'm sure." Xavi said of Messi during an Instagram chat with another ex-Barca forward, Samuel Eto'o.

Xavi has also expressed his dream of coaching the catalan outfit one day. The Al Sadd boss who was linked to the post after the sacking of Ernesto Valverde sees himself taking the job one day.

"In January, it wasn't the right moment," Xavi said, echoing comments made on the matter earlier this year.
"I had conversations with Eric Abidal [Barcelona's sporting director] and Oscar Grau [Barcelona chief executive] and a big offer, but it wasn't the right moment. I need a bit more experience. Coaching Barcelona is my dream. I'd like to do it one day. I've said that many times."

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