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Xavi believes Lionel Messi will participate in the Qatar 2022 World Cup

He takes good care of himself and he can keep playing until he's 37, 38 or 39, says Xavi

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Messi scored 24 goals this season in all competitions before coronavirus pandemic brought the football season to a standstill. (Photo: Reuters)

Former Barcelona player Xavi is certain of ex-teammate featuring in the Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022 as he said that the Argentine has still got "five or seven very good years left in him".

"He's still got five or seven very good years left in him," Goal.com quoted Xavi as saying during an Instagram chat with another ex-Barca forward, 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," he added.
 

The 32-year-old Messi scored 24 goals this season in all competitions before coronavirus pandemic brought the football season to a standstill.

Xavi also expressed his desire to manage Barcelona saying that it is his dream to coach the club.

"In January, it wasn't the right moment. I had conversations with Eric Abidal [Barcelona's sporting director] and Oscar Grau [Barcelona chief executive] and a big offer, but it wasn't the right moment. 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," he said.

First Published: Tue, May 05 2020. 16:28 IST