Lionel Messi looks back on his time at Paris Saint-Germain with mixed feelings. The 35-year-old Argentinian, who signed a contract with Inter Miami earlier this month, has had a difficult relationship with the fans. Especially during his last months with the top French club, he was often whistled by his own supporters.
It didn’t bother him, Messi says in an interview with beIN Sports. ,,I came to Paris because the club appealed to me and because I knew a lot of people in the locker room. I thought it would make my adjustment easier compared to other teams. That’s why I chose PSG.”
However, Messi’s two-year stay in the French capital didn’t turn out to be an unqualified success. The Argentine was proudly brought to the Parc des Princes by the Qatari owners in the summer of 2021, but he’s never really failed.
“The truth is that it was very difficult to adapt, much more difficult than I expected,” he admits. “I arrived late and I had no preparation, I had to adapt to a city which was difficult for me and my family… It was difficult.”
Moreover, the relationship with (some) PSG fans also started to get murky, especially during the last months of the past season. “At first it was great, I got a lot of encouragement, as I have often said, but later people started to treat me differently.
“There was a break with a large part of the Parisian public. Of course, that was not my intention. But these are things that have already happened with Mbappé and Neymar, it’s their way of doing things. But I still remember all those people who always supported me.
Messi will officially leave PSG at the end of this month, after his contract expires, with two French national titles in his pocket. His next adventure is in the United States at Inter Miami, David Beckham’s club.
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