Srinagar, July 28: Former Barcelona skipper and Spain International Xavi has termed Argentina superstar Lionel Messi an ‘Animal’ who he thinks will be playing in World Cup-2022 in Qatar.
Messi who had multiple heartbreaks with Argentina after losing World Cup-2014 final and three Copa America finals will be 35 in Qatar.
Lionel Messi may have turned 33 recently but his antics on the field are same what have been for more than decade now. He continues to score and continue to assist his teammates.
Xavi, who played alongside Messi in Barca’s first team from 2004 until his Camp Nou departure in 2015, is currently coaching Qatari side Al Sadd, and fully expects to see his former team-mate involved at the next World Cup.
“I see Leo playing until he wants to. On a physical level, he is fast, strong, he is a competitive beast, physically an animal,” Xavi told Marca .
“I have no doubt that he will play in Qatar 2022.”
“I do not hide, and I have always said, that my main goal, when it occurs, is Barca. It is my home and it would be a dream,” Said Xavi when asked about coaching Barcelona.
“But now I am focused on Al Sadd, looking forward to the new season. When Barca has to come, in the short or long term, it will come. Above all, Quique Setien must be respected and I wish the team all the best, ” He added.
It was revealed over the weekend that Xavi had returned a positive test for coronavirus, which meant he was not on the bench for Al Sadd’s 2-1 victory over Al Khor.