In the adaptation of Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain, he was already tired of living in a hotel, but he also admitted in an interview that he had a good relationship with Kylian Mbappe.
Argentina’s Leo Messi confirmed that it was “easy to get along” Kylian Mbappe, his teammate at Paris Saint-Germain (Paris Saint-Germain), revealed that the French striker “speaks perfectly Spanish”.
Messi, 34, gave his first major interview since his PSG debut for the magazine France Football, the organizer of the Ballon d’Or, which has just announced 30 nominees for the award that will be awarded at the end of November.
The relationship with Mbappe, the Copa America he won with Argentina and the adaptation to Paris, his new city after two decades in Barcelona, occupied a large part of the interview.
“With a player like him (Mbappe), it’s easy to get along, and he’s fluent in Spanish, so we also spoke a little bit off the field. That makes it easier. I’ve arrived recently and it’s still too early to draw conclusions, but I’m sure that will go some way.” okay.”
Paris Saint-Germain’s No. 30 admitted he did not give Mbappe advice, when he was about to sign for Real Madrid in the summer: “I had just arrived and I didn’t know him well enough to give him advice. Like everyone else, I’ve been waiting to see what happens. He has stayed and for me it is a great happiness.”
The Argentine was questioned among the different trio he formed in Barcelona, with Neymar and Luis Suarez, with whom he is now involved, also with Neymar, but with Mbappe, instead of Suarez.
“The first tooth, in the first trident we were much younger (laughs). Today’s youngster is Kylian (…) Lewis is a pure striker at the age of nine, scores a lot of goals; Kylian loves to touch the ball, he is very strong and fast, he kills you if you let him In less space, it also scores a lot.”
Messi noted that his departure from Barcelona was unexpected and unwanted at the time and thanked Paris Saint-Germain for being “the team that showed a real interest” in signing him.
“Today I am very happy to be here (…) It is a new life experience, a big change and I am trying, little by little, to adaptSaid the player who claimed he was “not wrong” for coming to Paris.
He admitted that the presence of Neymar and his compatriots Angel Di Maria, Leandro Paredes and Mauricio Pochettino was crucial to the signing for the Parisian entity, with whom he also shares a language.
In terms of adjusting to Parisian daily life, he assumed some tiredness to continue living in a hotel, although he generally asserted that it was going “just fine”.
“We are still in the hotel and it is getting longer. The boys (has three children) started school and it is not easy to make a round trip from the hotel. We look forward to settling into our new home and being able to start a new routine“, pointed out.
About the Copa America that he lifted with the Argentine national team in July in Brazil, the first title he won with the Argentine national team after losing several finals, he said that it was like “removing a thorn from his foot”.
“I would have felt a strange feeling inside me if I ended my career without winning a title with my country (…) That was the title I missed,” he said.
On the Champions League, which Paris Saint-Germain has been eyeing for a decade, Messi said the team “has all the weapons” to win, even if the degree of difficulty is high.
And about the Ballon d’Or award, which the Argentine won more than anyone else (6), he stressed that this year he is not seen as the favorite, and indicated that these individual awards are the result of teamwork.
“I never focused on winning them. It was the result of collective victories and the good work done. If the team plays well and has a performance, the characters shine too‘, he finished.