Leo Messi is Barcelona’s soul !

Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez recently sang the praises of teammate Leo Messi and spoke about his side’s return to form following a reported dressing room crisis several weeks back.

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.

“ If you can’t link up well with Messi, football may be the wrong sport for you. ”

“ Who would I sign? Silva, Cazorla…There’s a lot of quality players in Spanish football that Barcelona could sign. ”

The Argentine ace 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.

As well as missing Sunday’s trip to A Deportivo La Coruna, Xavi sat out the La Liga win at the Calderon and both legs of the Copa del Rey last-16 thrashing of Elche because of a calf problem. He is currently training normally and hopes to be passed fit to face Atletico Paranaense  in the cup on Wednesday.