Lionel Messi’s departure from boyhood club Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain shook the footballing world last summer, and the player is struggling to adjust to life in France.
The Argentine was forced out of Barca due to financial difficulties meaning he couldn’t afford to renew his contract, despite the player offering to take a huge pay cut to stay at the club .
PSG were the 34-year-old’s chance to prove he’s one of the best, but he’s yet to shine the Ligue 1 spotlight with one goal and five assists in 12 appearances.
El Confidential revealed that the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner is struggling with the language barrier, the weather in Paris and also away from his former home.
Messi and his family currently reside in Paris close to international teammates Angel di Maria and Leandro Paredes.
But the family no longer has a personal football pitch, swimming pool, extensive gardens and panoramic views, which Messi would struggle with.
Recently, the forward got a taste of home as he returned to Barcelona for a short dose of his old life.
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The report goes on to say that Messi was very professional about his transfer but was shocked by how physical and intense Ligue 1 matches are on a weekly basis, something Messi was only really used to when he was playing in the Champions League.
A player of the footballing legend’s ability should be able to cope with the elite of French football and his string of injuries hasn’t helped his ongoing litter, although he is disappointing.
But despite his poor form on the pitch, Barca boss Xavi obviously still holds his former team-mate in high regard as he asked Messi for his opinion on whether to try and sign 18-year-old Xavi Simons. at the end of the season.
The Dutchman was once from Barcelona but joined PSG after receiving a lucrative offer, which hasn’t been renewed since. However, Messi has told his former club not to pursue the midfielder, according to El Nacional, as he lacks humility and thinks he is better than him.