Former Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez has described Lionel Messi as being ‘from another planet’ who ‘continues to improve’.
The two played alongside each other at the Camp Nou for almost a decade and now with Qatari club Al-Sadd, Xavi remains full of praise for the Argentine.
“Messi continues to improve, to develop new qualities and add more ability,” Xavi told Super Deportivo de Villa Trinidad, as cited by Marca.
“He is from another planet and we are fortunate we can watch him every week at Barcelona, he has been here for the last 14 years and hopefully more to come.
“Will he return to Argentina? I believe he will return because he is extremely competitive and once he has had his time to reflect, I believe he will return to win with Argentina.
“Maradona’s criticism? It seems unfair, because to play for a national team with such high levels of expectation is not easy. The game is different now than his era.”