Xavi Reveals What 'P***es' Messi Off
Xavi Hernandez Reveals What 'P***es' Lionel Messi Off
Former FC Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez has revealed what "p***es" Blaugrana superstar Lionel Messi off during games.
The 37-year-old, who now plies his trade for Qatari club Al Sadd, has insisted his former teammate needs to be involved in games for club and country otherwise he gets upset.
"Barcelona and the Argentine national team cannot afford to allow 10 minutes to pass in a game without Leo Messi touching the ball," Xavi told Sport.
"Messi has to be involved in the game. He has to be where things are happening, where the ball is.
"In addition, he's going to get pissed off. If he doesn't touch the ball for five minutes, you have to bring him to where the ball is. He has to participate in the play."
Argentina are struggling in the current 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification, dropping out of the qualifying spots in the South American group following their 0-0 stalemate with Peru.
However, Xavi believes the Albiceleste will be among the favourites in Russia if they manage to qualify for the showpiece next year.
"I think Argentina are capable of winning the World Cup next year," he added.
"It's true they're in a difficult situation in South American qualifying, but we can all agree that if they qualify for the World Cup, they will be one of the favourites. Because of the players they have and because I think they've got it right with the new manager.
"Everyone in Spain rates (Jorge) Sampaoli."
Argentina sit in sixth place, level on 25 points with Peru, who have a similar goal difference (+1) but have scored more. Colombia and Chile sit in fourth and third spot, respectively, with just one point more.
With the top four South American sides qualifying directly for the World Cup and the fifth-placed team entering an intercontinental playoff against Oceanian representative New Zealand, Messi's nation still have everything to play for in their final qualifier against Ecuador, who are eighth, on Wednesday.
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