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Lionel Messi can play until he’s 40, says Xavi

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The Barcelona captain has plenty left

FC Barcelona v RC Deportivo La Coruna - La Liga
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 23: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona is congratulated by his teammate Xavi Hernandez after scoring the opening goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and RC Deportivo La Coruna at Camp Nou on May 23, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)
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Xavi has been talking about Lionel Messi and reckons Barcelona’s captain can play until he’s 40.

Messi signed a new contract at the club last year which will keep him at the Camp Nou until he’s 34.

However, his former team-mate believes he can go on for much longer if he wants because of his unique abilities.

“Sometimes I think that he can play until he is 38, 39 or 40. He needs very little to be able to do that,” he said.

”What do you lose as you get older? Your pace? Well he won’t lose his mental speed. Messi is incomparable.

”I think that he would be able to play wherever he wants on the park.

”He already drifts into the centre of the field and is effective there, as he is at defending too because he is very strong mentally.”

Source | Catalunya Radio

Messi’s certainly shown no signs of slowing down yet. He’s already scored 12 goals this season in just 11 outings for Barca.