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Xavi sent an encouraging message to Lionel Messi following PSG's UCL elimination

Arjun Singh Devgan
Messi has not had the best of starts to life in Paris
Messi has not had the best of starts to life in Paris / Catherine Steenkeste/GettyImages

Current Barcelona manager, Xavi Hernandez sent an encouraging message to former team-mate, Lionel Messi after Paris Saint-Germain were knocked out by Real Madrid in the round of 16 stage of the Champions League.

PSG were dumped out of the Champions League despite taking a 2-0 lead on aggregate on the night as Karim Benzema scored a second-half hat-trick to help Madrid progress to the quarter-final stage.

Messi has struggled to replicate his best form for the Ligue 1 giants, and Xavi opened up on how he reached out to his friend "to encourage him after the game".

"I have a friendly relationship with Messi and we are talking. Yes, I sent him a message to encourage him after the game. It was a duel that changed in 20 or 25 minutes in which Madrid had faith and desire and turned the scoreboard in a match that was very difficult," he told the media prior to Barcelona's 4-0 win over Osasuna on Sunday.

Xavi and Messi won the Champions League four times during their time at the Nou Camp, with the latter yet to win it since 2015, something the Spaniard believes is a tough competition as elimination is only ever one lapse in concentration away.

"The Champions League is like that. When you lower the intensity a bit, the rival ends up running over you. I think that's what happened in that game and that's why Madrid was able to qualify. A bad moment condemns you to the Champions League," the Spaniard added.