Former Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez believes Lionel Messi can keep playing until he is 39 years of age.
Lionel Messi is considered as one of the greatest footballers to have played the beautiful game of football.
The duo of Xavi Hernandez and Lionel Messi enjoyed tremendous success at Nou Camp, winning 7 league titles and 4 Champions League trophies among others before Xavi departed for Qatari.
Messi, 33, has shown no sign of declining scoring 24 goals this season, and Xavi suggests the Argentine still has so much left to give.
“He’s still got five or seven very good years left in him. said Xavi in an Instagram live chat with former teammate 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.”
The Spaniard now who manages Al Sadd in the Qatar stars league football also disclosed that he had an interest in replacing Ernesto Valverde, before the appointment of Quique Setien earlier this year.
“I had conversations with Eric Abidal and Oscar Grau and a big offer, but it wasn’t the right moment. he added.
“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.”