Argentine forward Lionel Messi has so far had a roller-coaster tenure in his ongoing run with Paris Saint-Germain. While he has been sidelined for multiple matches due to both injuries and COVID-19, he has stepped up his play when available, which includes the five goals scored in UEFA Champions League play.
For Angel Di Maria, he was recently asked about the importance of helping to integrate the new signings into the team, which include Messi. As he noted to PSG TV, he offered advice to Messi to help him adapt to the club.
“The day I arrived, I felt at home, as if I had been here all my life,” Di Maria said.
“Honestly, everything was much easier for me. So when Paredes came to Paris, or when Leo Messi arrived more recently, we in turn tried to help, to give them advice and make sure they adapted as quickly as possible. I think that’s the most important thing, to make them feel comfortable from day one.”
As noted, Messi has been a vital contributor on the pitch for PSG so far in the ongoing season, which sure has paid off in both Ligue 1 and the UEFA Champions League competitions.
Like Messi, Di Maria was recently sidelined after testing positive for COVID-19. The Argentine playmaker thanked God after returning to action.
“Well, I actually feel great,” Di Maria said. “Thank God I haven’t had any symptoms, I’ve just been waiting at home for the days to go by so I can resume training.
“But, well, that’s normal. I think my last full game was on 22 December. Little by little I feel better, I am in a better rhythm and that is important.”
PSG will clash with Reims up next for a key Ligue 1 home fixture.