Lionel Messi Playing in Paris a ‘Pleasure,’ Former PSG Striker Says

Lionel Messi continues his excellent start to the 2022-23 football season as the 35-year-old picked up an assist in Paris Saint-Germain’s 1-0 win over Stade Brestois 29 on Saturday. 

Messi has seven assists so far through nine Ligue 1 matches for the capital club. Former PSG striker, Fabrice Pancrate, took advantage of an interview given to the newspaper Le Parisien (h/t Paris Fans) to give his opinion on the Argentinian.

Additionally, Pancrate states that Messi isn’t back to his old form; the former FC Barcelona star never left in his eyes.

“I wouldn’t say we found Messi because in fact, we hadn’t lost him,” Pancrate told the French publication. “He was in a phase of adaptation after twenty years in the same club. It was just a matter of time, patience, click. 

“So, for me, what he’s doing today is Messi; it’s only natural. Sure, he doesn’t score too much, but when you see the impact he has on the game, his vision, the unlikely passes he finds.”

Messi hopes to continue this form heading into the FIFA World Cup in November in hopes of helping Argentina win the trophy that has long eluded him. Furthermore, the 35-year-old hopes to play a significant role in PSG’s quest to win the UEFA Champions League.

“What a pleasure to see him play in real life,” Pancrate added. “As soon as he has the ball, it’s a treat. It has no waste. He, the ball is his friend. It’s incredible. 

“Even I, who love football, used to say to my friends: ‘Yes, I admit, I would pay to see him play.’ Everyone thought that Paris had just taken him for his name, that he was on the end. But no. If Messi took up this challenge, it was because he felt capable of it.”

Should Messi play a part in PSG winning the Champions League, the Argentine will leave behind a legacy that will make him a hero in the French capital. 

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