Xavi: Messi will shine in the Premier League.

Barcelona midfielder Xavier "Xavi" Hernández is confident his team-mate Lionel Messi would be a better player if he was playing in the Premier League.

Messi has won the Ballon d’Or three times and has also won the Fifa World Player of the Year award previously during his career at Camp Nou.

And 34-year-old pass master Xavi believes if the Argentine were to join a Premier League side, he would be more dangerous for defenders to face.

‘I think he’d be even better in the Premier League because it is not so defensive,’ he told the BBC Sport.

‘When defending against Barcelona, they [English clubs] play on a 1 v 1 basis, defending with passion, and a lot of energy.

‘But Leo would find more spaces than in La Liga.’

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