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Xavi and Andres Iniesta Admit it Will be 'Hard' and 'Hurt' to See Lionel Messi in a PSG Shirt

Arjun Singh Devgan
Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta were part of Pep Guardiola's all-conquering Barcelona side
Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta were part of Pep Guardiola's all-conquering Barcelona side / David Ramos/Getty Images

Barcelona's legendary midfield duo of Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta have opened up on the departure of Lionel Messi from the Nou Camp - revealing that it will be "hard and that it will hurt to see" the Argentina icon in a Paris Saint-Germain shirt.

The Catalan giants had last week announced that they would not be offering Messi a new deal despite the 34-year-old agreeing to take a 50 percent pay cut, and PSG were quick to swoop for the star.

The Ligue 1 giants signed Messi on a two-year contract with an option of extending it another year, with Xavi revealing that it will be hard to picture his former team-mate in another shirt.

"It's a pity to see he and the club couldn't find a solution. I know that Leo wanted to stay, but in the end it could not be sorted. The only thing I can say now is that I will miss him a lot. It's even hard for me to picture Messi with a shirt other than Barca's. It's sad for Leo, especially for how I saw him emotionally at the Camp Nou the other day, but for FC Barcelona as well," he told The Times.

Meanwhile, Iniesta too expressed sadness at the departure of Barcelona's greatest ever player, believing that the club need to recover from this blow soon.

"I don't know what happened internally, nor how things unfolded, but the club will need to recover from this transfer. It will hurt to see him in another team's shirt. Leo personifies Barcelona. He was everything, he's a player who transcends the team. I've never seen a player like him and I don't think I ever will," the Spaniard told AFP.

"[Barcelona] will continue to be one of the best teams, one of those that has to be on the summit."

Xavi and Iniesta along with Messi were part of arguably the greatest team in footballing history between 2008-2011, as Pep Guardiola's all-conquering side blew every opposition apart and revolutionised the way football was played.