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EPL English Premier LeagueEPL Transfer NewsThe sixth-time Ballon d’Or winner will not retire until his 40

The sixth-time Ballon d’Or winner will not retire until his 40

Lionel Messi could play until he’s almost 40, says Xavier Creus, who is a long-time Barcelona team-mate.

Until COVID-19 outbreak became a hindrance in football and pulled up all the seasons, this season’s six-time Ballon d’Or winner was in usual impressive shape for Barca, scoring 24 goals in all competitions

Xavi thinks that Messi has a lot left to offer – both for club and globally, but Messi could never have been so critical to the ultimate chances of success of the Blaugrana. 

In an Instagram live chat, Xavi said to Samuel Eto’o, “He still has 5 or 7 very good years left in him. He’s taking good care of himself, so he will keep playing until he’s 37, 38 or 39. I’m sure he’ll be playing at the Qatar World Cup.”

Xavi may take charge of Messi as head coach if he reaches definite endurance standards.

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