PSG forward, Lionel Messi has said he is still lost in France but joining Paris St Germain was no mistake.
The 34-year-old linked up with Paris St Germain after being told by the Catalan club they could not afford to keep him. Barca had hoped that the Argentine would play for free for some months in order to balance the books.
Messi, who started his professional career with Barca, is their record scorer with 672 goals added that having to leave Barcelona came as a shock but familiar faces have helped him to settle at PSG.
Messi, who started his professional career with Barca and is their record scorer with 672 goals, joined PSG on a two-year deal in the summer transfer window.
“I came back to Barcelona [from the Copa America in July]to prepare for the season, after taking advantage of the extra days of vacation that the coach [Ronald Koeman] had given me.
“I had in mind to sign my contract and to start training right away. I thought that everything was settled and that all that was missing was my signature [on the contract].
“But when I arrived in Barcelona, I was told that it was no longer possible, that I could not stay and that I had to find another club because Barca could not afford to extend my contract. That changed my plans.
“It was extremely hard to take. To think that we would have to leave our home and that the family would have to change its routine,” added the six-times Ballon d’Or winner.
Last year, after telling the club he wanted to leave, Messi made a late u-turn and decided to see out the remainder of his contract that ended earlier this year.
As he now plies his trade with PSG, Messi has reunited with Neymar after he and the Brazilian played together for four seasons at Barcelona. He also joined compatriots Leandro Paredes and Angel Di Maria and coach Mauricio Pochettino.
“That was a big part of my decision because I knew I was coming to a new country and had to start from scratch. Knowing that I had friends in the dressing room made me think that things would be easier to adapt to.
“And I was not wrong, because it was very easy to settle, especially because there are many players who speak Spanish, like me, and some friends like ‘Ney’, ‘Lea’ [Paredes], ‘Fideo’ [Di Maria], who helped me when I arrived.”
The 34-year-old also admitted that adjusting to life in Paris, in general, has not been that easy.
“I must admit that I am still a little bit lost. I must get to know the city to find my way around a little easier. I had my habits in Barcelona, I know every area, I often went to the same places.”
Messi, his wife and their three children are yet to find a home and are living in a hotel. He said his sons are starting to teach him French as they are quickly picking up the new language in school.
“They are better than me in that,” said Messi.
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