Seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi admitted that he needed to adapt to a brand new system at his new membership in Paris within the lately concluded season. Messi had a troublesome first season with Paris Saint-Germain the place he failed to attain the variety of targets he used to at his earlier membership Barcelona. Messi, who’s arguably the best participant to ever play the sport, left Barcelona after 17 years in 2021, the Argentine netted 672 targets and offered 266 assists for the Catalan giants.
The 34-year-old talked about leaving Camp Nou and the way it affected him and his household as he by no means considered taking part in for a workforce apart from Barcelona.
“Every part that occurred after the Copa, the enjoyment I had after having had a foul time, after having misplaced finals. The happiness was full and within the center the state of affairs [leaving Barça] occurred,” Messi instructed Argentine outlet TyC Sports activities.
“I by no means imagined I used to be going to play for a workforce apart from Barcelona. I had every little thing in Barcelona. I went to Barcelona once I was very younger. I lived extra in Barcelona than in Argentina. The reality is that I had no plans to alter something. Fortunately the difference of the youngsters was good, however for Antonela and for me it was tougher,” he added.
Messi talked about arriving late in PSG and an damage within the knee made it troublesome to adapt to his new workforce.
“At PSG I began the league late as a result of I arrived late to the membership, then I had a blow to my knee that stored me out of motion for some time and between one factor and one other I couldn’t adapt. I couldn’t play three or 4 video games in a row,” he mentioned.
The Argentine ahead revealed his lungs had been additionally affected badly after he bought examined for COVID-19 earlier this 12 months.
“Then I mentioned: ‘Nicely, after this I begin a brand new 12 months , I’m going to reach with all my power, I’m going to alter, the difference is over’, after which I examined optimistic for COVID-19,” he added, earlier than saying, “COVID-19 left loads of scars in my lungs,” he mentioned.
“At Barcelona I had teammates that I had performed with for a few years and so they knew me very properly. At PSG I needed to adapt to a brand new system and new teammates,” Messi additional exclaimed.
The 34-year-old additional mentioned that the subsequent season goes to be totally different for PSG as the difference interval is over for him and he is a bit more snug within the dressing room.
“Fascinated by me, individually and what occurred this 12 months, I take into consideration with the ability to reverse the state of affairs, about not having the sensation of getting modified golf equipment and that it didn’t go properly for me. And as you mentioned, I do know that this 12 months goes to be totally different; I’m already ready for what’s to come back, I do know the membership, I do know town, I’m a little bit extra snug with the dressing room, with my teammates and I do know it’s going to be totally different,” he added.