Xavi Talks on Messi’s Successor in Barca

Xavi and MessiIn an inter­view with Sport, Xavi Her­nan­dez was in no con­fu­sion or skep­ti­cism when he talked about the per­fect replace­ment and suc­ces­sor for Lionel Mes­si when he quits foot­ball in FC Barcelona. “For me, there’s no suc­ces­sor to Mes­si and there is no way there can be one. Cer­tain­ly, there will be very good play­ers but not as good as Mes­si or his rank.”

The 36 years old added, “After win­ning both indi­vid­ual and team tro­phies for many con­sec­u­tive years, it will be incon­ceiv­able to attain. In future, the best play­ers will see them­selves as equal although they are try­ing to feed us the rival­ry between C. Ronal­do and Leo but those who know foot­ball will see that they are no match. When Mes­si is done with his pro­fes­sion­al career, there will be Ney­mar, maybe Haz­ard and prob­a­bly five to ten oth­er play­ers almost a sim­i­lar lev­el.”

The mid­field­er gave a bit of advise to his for­mer club in order to keep the best play­er after his court cas­es he has being fac­ing for years: “He has dealt with the case for two or three years now and he still keeps being the world best and break­ing records. Leo is con­tent­ed in Barcelona but that doesn’t mean he’s not daunt­ed by the court case. It’s good to have Leo in Bar­ca and there’s need to keep him pleased. In oth­er word, there’s need to resolve all issues. But real­ly it doesn’t affect him in the pitch. Leo is a men­tal­ly firm and he has defeat­ed chal­lenges fac­ing him”

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