PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino has insisted Lionel Messi is still the best player in the world and claimed the Argentine will need playing time to set the pace after being subjected to Covid-19. The Argentina international has joined French giants Barcelona on a free transfer.
Lionel Messi was forced to leave Barcelona the previous summer as his boyhood club couldn’t afford to keep the Argentine on their books due to his financial difficulties off the pitch. The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer as he looks to replicate his world-class performances from Spain in France.
The 34-year-old has made 18 appearances for the League 1 side while scoring six goals and registering six assists in all competitions. However, the Argentine legend has slowly started his life in Paris after a series of injuries and a fight with Covid-19 over the past few months.
Yet Messi shone in PSG’s latest win over Lille as the striker contributed with a goal and an assist to their 5-1 triumph at Stade Pierre Mauroy. PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino has insisted that Messi’s abilities have never been in question and it’s only a matter of time before the Argentine is at his peak. form.
“I had no doubts, Leo is the best player in the world. Like everyone, he needs time to adapt. He needed time to get back to his best physical shape, after a month without playing football. cause of Covid. It’s important that Leo shows such participation and commitment,” Pochettino said in his post-match press conference.
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