Barcelona’s great Xavi insists Lionel Messi has been ‘unhappy on the field’ over the past few seasons, while lamenting his former club’s failure to make the most of having the ‘best footballer in the world’. world and in history ‘
- Xavi has spoken about the situation of his former Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi
- The Spanish side has struggled to reach the same height since Xavi’s departure
- The Argentinian has recently been linked with a move from the Nou Camp
Xavi shared his disappointment with former teammate Lionel Messi during his last few seasons with Barcelona, and the lack of success he has had.
Messi and Xavi were part of the Barcelona squad that landed the treble in 2015, before the Spain international left the club.
Since then, the Catalan club has struggled in Europe and failed to pass the Champions League semi-finals, while also being overtaken by Real Madrid in terms of domestic success.
According to Xavi, Barcelona has failed to get the best out of Lionel Messi in recent years
And Xavi insists that Barcelona have abandoned their captain and his abilities to achieve greater success.
“ You have to make sure that Leo is happy because with a happy and satisfied Leo you have a better chance of winning titles, ” he said during an interview with TV3.
‘He has often given me the impression that Leo was not happy on the field, that he was sad and it makes me sad as Cule (Barcelona supporter) that we have not taken advantage of him enough in recent years.
“We had the best footballer in the world and in history and we haven’t taken advantage of him enough.”
Messi’s future has recently been questioned, not least last summer when he told the club he wanted to leave via burofax.
The former Spain international did everything he could to express the Argentinian’s importance
Reports in Argentina suggest Paris Saint-Germain has offered the 33-year-old, whose contract expires in the summer, a three-year deal. Ronald Koeman insists, however, that he is not concerned about the loss of his star player.
“I’m not interested in PSG, I don’t know if it’s true,” said Koeman of the rumors.
‘I hope he stays with us. To me, he should end up here because he’s spent his whole life here, but in the end it’s a decision he’ll have to make.
“I’m not worried at all, I’m just focused on winning tomorrow.”
Xavi (right) was part of the formidable Barcelona squad including Messi and Andres Iniesta (left)