For much of Lionel Messi’s career, there was often a narrative surrounding the notion that he did not leave his comfort zone, as he had spent a vast majority of his career with Barcelona. Of course, this changed over the recent summer transfer window as Messi left Barca due to financial complications within the club and later completed a free transfer move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski could possibly be the next star forward to switch clubs, as he has a mere one more full season remaining on his contract with the Bundesliga powerhouse. Still, during an interview with the Polish-based outlet Pilka Nozna (via Le10Sport), the veteran forward was asked about his ongoing run with Bayern Munich and the concept of loyalty, where he brought up Messi’s move to PSG.
“For Messi, changing clubs was certainly a much more overwhelming experience,” Lewandowski said. “He has never played in a country other than Spain, he has never spoken another language.
“He has encountered a communication barrier. Cristiano [Ronaldo] has already changed clubs and leagues several times. The age at which you change teams is not important, it is the circumstances that are decisive.”
The circumstances for Messi regarding his move to PSG were certainly crucial, especially as the French powerhouse is currently among the top contenders in the UEFA Champions League competition this season.
PSG and Bayern could very well go on to meet each other in the Champions League knockout stage later this season.