Lionel Messi can step into the Xavi role at Barcelona in years to come, Pep Guardiola’s former assistant, Domenec Torrent has said.
According to him, Messi is a very intelligent player who does not lose the ball and always gives assists, so he definitely has what it takes to play like Xavi in the nearest future.
According to him, even if Lionel has taken care of his body throughout his career, he would lose his pace very soon and will be able to transform into a central midfielder seamlessly.
He added that Messi is incomparable and we will never see anyone else like him for a long time.
His words, “He’s a very intelligent player. Often, he drops deep to receive the ball. In a few years, he could play like Xavi if he wanted to.
“He doesn’t lose the ball, he gives assists, he has taken care of his body throughout his career.
“If he plays in a deeper position when he logically starts losing pace, he could play as a central midfielder or wherever he wants to and he would do well.”
“For me, Leo is incomparable,”
“I don’t think I’ll see anything like him again in my life. Furthermore, he has been at a high level for 15 years.
“On a day when he’s not sharp, he’s still the best. A poor game for Leo is two assists and a couple of moves leading to goals.
“I have seen enormous footballers, but nobody who has stayed in the elite for 15 years as he has done.”