Lionel Messi blew out 36 candles this weekend and while retirement may be on the horizon, the Argentinian footballer has no plans to stop just yet. His next adventure will take him to Inter Miami, which is quite a different level compared to Paris Saint-Germain. At that club, the ball virtuoso didn't only make friends. Especially in his second season, the relationship with the fans became more strained. Now, Messi himself is opening up about these experiences.
Messi has spoken candidly for the first time at beIn Sports about his time in Paris. The PSG fans expressed their displeasure on several occasions due to consecutive disappointments in the Champions League, his role in Argentina's World Cup triumph against France and most recently an unauthorized trip to Saudi Arabia. The star football player talked about his "rift with the fans" and "the difficulty of adapting in the French capital."
"I came to Paris because I liked the club and because I already had friends in the locker room. It seemed like it would be easier for me to adapt versus other teams I could have gone to," Messi reflected on the reason why he chose PSG two years ago. But nothing could be further from the truth. "I really struggled to adapt. I also arrived later, so I didn't have a good and complete preparation and I had to adjust to a new city. That was difficult for me and my family," the Argentine continued.
Consequently, his difficult start had an impact on his performances during his first season. "People treated me differently. Some of the supporters still treated me the same as in the beginning, but there was a clear rift with the fans. It wasn't my intention to break with the PSG fanbase like that. It also happened with Neymar and Mbappé."
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