Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is not a cheat, according to his former teammate Xavi.
The Spanish veteran, who is currently plying his trade at Qatari club Al Sadd SC, claims Messi has never 'disrespected anyone on the pitch'.
The current Ballon d'Or holder was accused of play acting after Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis was sent off against Barca back in January, but Xavi has held firm with his belief that Messi is an honest professional.
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"Messi is a good person," Xavi told beIN SPORTS, as per Goal.com. "He is always nice, he is honest and he does not cheat.
"He has never disrespected anyone on the pitch. His behaviour is exemplary. He is a humble guy, who is very professional and hates to lose.
"He is the best player in the world in all aspects. I told him to get more involved and he now does it naturally.
"He is addicted to the ball. He is sad when he cannot play."
What about this?
In truth, Xavi's notion appears to be a fair one, but we can't forget about the time Messi scored with his left hand.
Here's what he did back in 2007.
But we're probably going to let him off on this occasion, After all, the Argentine magician has produced a number of incredible things on the field of play throughout his glorious career.
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