FC Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez has revealed what he said to Lionel Messi via text following Paris Saint-Germain's elimination from the UEFA Champions League by Real Madrid.
Despite having four Champions League titles to his name, Messi has now gone seven seasons without winning the competition. The 34-year-old suffered his first major disappointment with his new side since leaving Barca in August 2021, as PSG were booted out of Europe's elite in the round of 16.
The Parisians boasted a star-studded squad, which was widely regarded as the favourites to win this season's showpiece. However, those hopes came to a disappointing end as they were knocked out by record champions Real Madrid with a 3-2 aggregate scoreline.
Messi, who is the Blaugrana's all-time top goalscorer, missed a penalty for the French side in the first leg, and his second-leg performance was also met with vast criticism by the French media, as his difficult start to life as a PSG player continued.
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His former teammate Xavi has revealed that he reached out to the Argentine on that Wednesday night to share some words of support, per SportBible.
"I have a friendly relationship with Messi and we are talking," the Spaniard explained ahead of Sunday's La Liga clash with Osasuna.
"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.
"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."
On Sunday, the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner alongside Neymar was booed by the home fans at the Parc Des Princes as a result of their capitulation at the Santiago Bernabeu last week.
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