Lionel Messi has another “seven very good years” left in the tank as former Barcelona midfielder Xavi tips the attacker to remain at the Nou Camp until he is 39 years old.
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Therefore Xavi thinks that will serve as motivation and Messi has been tipped to represent his country at the next event in 2022 in Qatar
“He’s still got five or seven very good years left in him,” Xavi said of Messi during an Instagram chat with Samuel Eto’o.
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.”
Lionel Messi has been predicted to continue playing until he is 39 years old
The forward was frustrated with the way head coach Ernesto Valverde was axed.
The Catalan giants approached Xavi, who managed Qatar side, Al Sadd, to replace Valverde but he turned them down and they instead appointed Quique Setien.
“In January, it wasn’t the right moment,” Xavi explained.
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“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.”
Neymar has been backed to return to Barcelona. “Footballing wise, he’s in the top three or five players in the world, no doubt,” Xavi added, “He can make the difference. Let’s hope he returns to Barcelona. “I’m a Barcelona fan and I want the best players there.”