Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez believes his former club has failed to keep Lionel Messi happy. The former Blaugrana captain thinks that despite having the greatest footballer in the world in their squad, Barcelona haven't achieved what the fans would have wanted them to.
According to Xavi, Barcelona have struggled in recent seasons which has disappointed Lionel Messi. The current Al-Sadd manager believes Barcelona's major disappointments have come in the Champions League.
Xavi believes Lionel Messi is still Barcelona's main man
Xavi Hernandez feels Barcelona have under-utilized Lionel Messi in recent seasons. The 41-year old believes that Lionel Messi is still Barcelona's main man and the club should do everything in their power to keep the 33-year old Argentinian happy at the Nou Camp.
Talking to TV3, Xavi had this to say about his former teammate:
“I’m sorry that we (Barcelona) have not taken enough advantage of Messi in recent years. Many times it has made me feel that Leo has not been happy on the pitch and I’m sorry as a culer that we have not taken enough advantage of having the best player of the world and of history"
According to Xavi, the key for Barcelona to get back to their glory days is through Lionel Messi's form. The former Barca captain suggests the club should strive to create a happy atmosphere for Lionel Messi. Xavi believes this in turn will benefit Barcelona.
The 2010 World Cup winner said:
“We have make Leo happy because with a happy Leo you have a lot more chances to win titles. That he hasn’t felt happy in what I consider the club of my life makes me sad.”
After last year's Champions League humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich, Lionel Messi was unhappy at Barcelona and had asked to leave the club.
However, the Barcelona board refused to let Messi leave and held him to his contract which ends this season. There are still no developments about the possibility of a new contract for Messi at Barcelona.
Lionel Messi has had a stellar season yet again. The Argentine has scored 33 goals and made 14 assists in all competitions. Seeing Leo Messi play for some other club would be unimaginable for Barca fans.