Xavi: If you can’t link with Messi, you’re in the wrong game

The veteran midfielder was full of praise for his team-mate and says Luis Aragones remains one of the most important figures from his career

Xavi: If you can't link with Messi, you're in the wrong game

Barcelona veteran Xavi says a footballer has no right to be in the game if he cannot find a way to link up with the brilliance of Lionel Messi.

Messi put some of the speculation over his future firmly behind him with a virtuoso performance for the Catalans against Deportivo La Coruna at the weekend, as he scored a sublime hat-trick in a 4-0 victory.

Xavi’s midfield team-mate Ivan Rakitic linked up superbly with Messi during the clash at the Riazor and, when asked about his own experience of playing alongside the Argentine, he claims it is easy to do so.

“If you can’t link up well with Messi, football’s not for you,” he was quoted as saying by Marca.

Xavi went on to describe the late Luis Aragones as one of the most important figures in his distinguished career, with Spain’s tiki-taka style at Euro 2008 borne out of the former Roja coach’s ideals.

“I’ve learned from all of them [coaches], but it’s true that Luis Aragones left a huge mark on me personally,” Xavi added.

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