Lionel Messi Opens Up on His Time at Paris Saint German After Eighth Ballon d’Or Win

Lionel Messi Opens Up on His Time at Paris Saint German After Eighth Ballon d’Or Win

Ero Samson
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Lionel Messi spent two underwhelming seasons at Paris Saint-Germain
  • The Argentine was subject to an unceremonious exit from the Ligue 1 club
  • Messi has opened up on his time at PSG after winning an eighth Ballon d'Or

Lionel Messi further etched his name in the football history books after securing his record-breaking eighth Ballon d'Or award on October 30.

The Argentine star, who spent his final two seasons in Europe with Paris Saint-Germain, outshone Manchester City's Erling Haaland and former teammate, Kylian Mbappe to claim this prestigious prize.

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Lionel Messi at the 67th Ballon d'Or Ceremony at Theatre Du Chatelet in Paris. Image: Pascal Le Segretain.
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However, following the awards ceremony, Messi was faced with a plethora of questions from the media.

Amid the flurry of questions the 36-year-old had to respond to were questions relating to his time at PSG and his stay in the French capital in general.

Messi reflects on his time at PSG

When asked about his time with the Ligue 1 giants, Messi responded, as quoted by PSG Report:

"My time in Paris didn't unfold as I had hoped for various reasons. I spent two years in Paris and formed many strong friendships, thoroughly enjoying the city.
"It's an incredible place where I had the opportunity to live, even if things didn't go as planned from a sporting perspective. Nevertheless, I cherish all the positive experiences, of which there were many."

Messi's sentiments align with the statements made by L'Equipe journalist, Loic Tanzi, who had previously mentioned that significant disagreements marred the final weeks of the Argentine's PSG journey.

Additionally, the Argentine expressed uncertainty about whether the people of Paris would want him to present the Ballon d'Or at the Parc des Princes, given his strained relationship with the club's leadership.

Although Messi may have reservations about presenting his award at his former home stadium, it is certain that fans at the DRV PNK Stadium in Miami remain eager for their star captain's award presentation.

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Messi wins 8th Ballon d'Or

Earlier, Sports Brief reported on Lionel Messi winning the Ballon d'Or for the eighth time in his career at a star-studded ceremony in Paris on Monday.

The 36-year-old succeeded Karim Benzema as the winner of the prize for his performances last season when he inspired Argentina to World Cup glory.

It was his displays in Qatar, when he dragged his country to a victory, that crowned his remarkable career and allowed Messi to claim the top prize.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).