Our colleagues from the Spanish newspaper « Marca » traveled this Monday to Lionel Messi’s home in Neuilly to present him with the Pichichi trophy, which rewards each year the top scorer in the Spanish championship. A trophy that honors the Argentinian for his last season spent with FC Barcelona because obviously this year, he will not win it for the 9th time. In France, it does not exist and the Pulga only opened its goals counter in Ligue 1 last Saturday against Nantes.
« Marca » also took advantage of his trip to the capital to confess the Argentine star who swept over several subjects, including his agreement with Kylian Mbappé. « He is a very important player for us and for allowing us to fight for the objectives that we have », affirms Messi who does not know anything about the future intentions of his new team-mate. Stay in Paris, go to Madrid? “The truth is, I don’t know,” the star promises. Only he knows what is on his mind and what he is going to do. I can only say I’m glad he stayed here this year. His head is one hundred percent focused on our goals. He will then decide what to do at the end of the season. «
« I was lucky to arrive in a locker room with very good players »
This file is no further advanced. But Lionel Messi also said in this interview his happiness to be in Paris. « I was lucky to arrive in a locker room with very good players and very good people, » says the one who is favorite to win a seventh Ballon d’Or next Monday. This is the most important thing. My adaptation was very quick. It is true that at the beginning it was very strange. On the one hand, there is the difficulty of changing after so many years in the same place, but on the other hand, it was very easy because I knew a lot of players and we speak a lot of Spanish. . There are some very good people. It’s a tight-knit locker room, you can see it from the outside and that’s something I’ve been able to confirm now that I’ve stepped into it. «
« Ramos, it’s quite a spectacle »
On the eve of PSG’s trip to Manchester City, the South American prodigy also sweeps away, in another part of the interview, the chances of the capital club in the Champions League. “Everyone says that we are the big favorites, and I will not deny that we are one of the contenders for the title, promises the six-time Golden Ball. But we still need things to be a really strong team. We still have to consolidate ourselves as a team. But we have great players. «
In the columns of the Iberian daily, Lionel Messi does not mention Mauricio Pochettino. But he has a word for two Spaniards. First Sergio Ramos, whom he has faced so often with Barca against Real and who is now his teammate. Even if due to the defender’s injury, the two stars have not yet played together. « Sergio Ramos as a teammate, it’s quite a spectacle, » slips Messi soberly. Lionel Messi does not forget his friend Xavi, who has just taken the reins of what will remain his number 1 club for life: FC Barcelona. “With Xavi, Barcelona will grow up, he is a coach who knows a lot and who knows the house perfectly, he believes. He has spent his whole life in Barcelona, he is very important for the club and the supporters. «