The two stars have won seven League titles and four Champions Leagues during their time together at Camp Nou
Xavi has revealed that he is ‘so sad’ for his former team-mate Lionel Messi, who was forced to leave Barcelona despite his desire to stay at the club.
The move from Messi to PSG was confirmed on Tuesday, net dae na a tearful press conference during which he said goodbye to Barcelona after 21 years.
The 34-year-old said he and Barca had done everything in their power to sign a new contract, but the agreement was made impossible by what the club called ‘financial and structural barriers’.
What was said?
“I’m just as sad for Leo,” Xavi said The times. “It’s a shame to see that he and the club could not find a solution. I know Leo wanted to stay, but in the end it could not be sorted.
“The only thing I can say now is that I will miss him a lot. It’s even hard for me to imagine Messi wearing a shirt other than Barca’s. It’s sad for Leo, especially about how I treat him. emotionally at Camp Nou, but also for FC Barcelona. ”
Xavi and Messi’s trophy-filled time at Camp Nou
Xavi became a legend of Barcelona during his Camp Nou career and formed an important part of the club during one of his most successful periods.
During the time Xavi and Messi were teammates, Barca won seven League titles and four Champions Leagues before leaving Xavi for the 2014-15 season.
A new chapter for Messi
Messi expired his Barca contract after last season and it looks like he would sign a new contract at Camp Nou this summer, but due to La Liga’s salary restrictions, the club could not sign Messi and had to leave for Paris.
At PSG, Messi will be reunited with former Barca team-mate Neymar and a link with superstar Kylian Mbappe in an extremely formidable front line.