Xavi has admitted he feels “so sad” for his former Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi, who has left Barcelona despite his desire to stay with the club.
Messi’s move to Paris Saint-Germain was confirmed on Tuesday, just days after an emotional press conference during which he bade farewell to Barca after 21 years.
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The 34-year-old said he and Barca did everything they could to sign a new contract, but the deal was made impossible by what the club called “financial and structural obstacles.”
“I’m just so sad for Leo. It’s a pity to see he and the club couldn’t find a solution. I know that 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 picture Messi with a shirt other than Barca’s. It’s sad for Leo, especially for how I saw him emotionally at the Camp Nou the other day, but for FC Barcelona as well,” Xavi said in an interview with The Times.
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During Xavi and Messi’s time as team-mates, Barcelona won seven LaLiga titles and four Champions Leagues, before Xavi departed after the 2014/2015 season.
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