Many had significant expectations for Lionel Messi when he made the move to Paris Saint-Germain last summer following his abrupt departure from FC Barcelona. Ligue 1 is seen as an inferior league, so it was a forgone conclusion that Messi would dominate.
However, that didn’t occur. The Argentine struggled to find his scoring boots and wasn’t a factor in PSG’s UEFA Champions League elimination in the Round of 16 against Real Madrid. As a result, Messi endured booing from supporters.
In an interview with TyC Sports, Messi spoke about the challenging first season in the French capital and how he is eager to turn the page and aims to have a better second year. The veteran forward cites not having to adapt as to why he believes 2022-23 will be better.
“Thinking about me, individually and what happened this year, I think about being able to reverse the situation, about not having the feeling of having changed clubs and that it didn’t go well for me,” Messi said.
“And as you said, I know that this year is going to be different; I’m already prepared for what’s to come. I know the club, I know the city, I’m a little more comfortable with the dressing room, with my teammates and I know it’s going to be different.”
Messi will look to win the FIFA World Cup and help PSG win the club’s first UEFA Champions League this coming season as he hopes to leave a positive legacy rather than many seeing this move as a failure.