FC Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has been touted for a new role at the club as he enters the final stages of his legendary career.
Messi, who turns 33 next month, lifted a record-sixth Ballon d'Or title this year after another spectacular season with the LaLiga champions and as the current top scorer of LaLiga, he's showing no signs of slowing down.
After surpassing the 40-goal mark for ten consecutive seasons, the Argentina international is widely considered as one of the greatest goalscorers of all-time.
But the Domenec Torrent, a former assistant to Pep Guardiola predicts that he may develop into deep-lying midfielder role reminiscent to former captain Xavi Hernandez.
"He's a very intelligent player. Often, he drops deep to receive the ball," Torrent told Spanish publication Ole.
"In a few years, he could play like Xavi if he wanted to. He doesn't lose the ball, he gives assists, he has taken care of his body throughout his career.
"If he plays in a deeper position when he logically starts losing pace, he could play as a central midfielder or wherever he wants to and he would do well."
Messi has scored 627 goals and registered 261 assists in 718 games across all competitions since making his first-team debut back in 2005.