Barcelona’s former team mate Xavi has said that Argentina’s legendary footballer Lionel Messi will be playing upcoming FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. In a latest interview to Marca, Xavi said that Messi is having good physical and mentally strong body. He’s terrific and will be representing Argentina at Qatar for sure.
“I see Leo playing as long as he wants. On a physical level, he’s quick, strong, a competitive beast, an animal physically. I don’t doubt he’ll play at Qatar 2022,” Xavi said as quoted by Marca.
Qatar to host first ever winter world cup in November-December and Messi will be 35 at that time when tournament kicks off. So everyone is eager to know Messi will play or not. Xavi’s statement means a lot for the Argentina and Messi fans.
On the preparations of the country, Xavi said that Qatar has developed a lot in past few years. Tremendous work government has done to make 2022 event historic.
“Tremendous in every sense: Infrastructure, stadiums – five of eight are almost finished – hotels… The country has changed a lot, motorways, restaurants, Qatar is growing at a high speed, even the traffic has improved,” he added further.
“Almost all of them represent something from the Arabian culture and that will make the World Cup special. It will be historic, without a doubt. People will be surprised by the country.”
Xavi is currently in Qatar as he’s coach of Al Sadd SC. Few days back he got COVID-19 positive and is in isolation. But he said that he’s feeling better now and will be on the field in due course.
“Good, I feel fine, although I’m isolated logically. I want to train soon.”
Argentina lost 2018 world cup round of 16 game against tournament winners later on France. Messi is yet to win an international event with Argentina and upcoming Copa America 2021 and 2022 world cup will be his last attempts to win major one.