Lionel Messi’s former Barcelona teammate Luis Suarez has admitted that the Argentine superstar is “suffering” at Paris Saint-Germain after the two spoke about his situation
Luis Suarez has revealed that Lionel Messi admitted he is struggled to adapt to the cold of Paris and is “suffering a lot” in the city.
Messi has has found it difficult to adapt to French football in the opening half of the campaign following his high-profile summer transfer from Barcelona.
The Argentine superstar is fresh from collecting his seventh Ballon d’Or title as he scooped the 2021 accolade earlier this week, but it has all been plane sailing for him this year.
The 34-year-old has yet to reach anywhere near his top form for PSG and has netted just one Ligue 1 goal to date this campaign.
His performance in Wednesday’s goalless draw against Nice was savaged by the French press as he failed to exert his influence in the game.
Leading sports newspaper L’Equipe gave a damning analysis of Messi’s performance on Wednesday night, one which they believe mirrors his time so far in the French capital.
The daily paper wrote that Messi is giving “the impression that he always plays at the same slow pace and, on occasions, seems disconnected” from his teammates.
Messi netted in last month’s 3-1 win over Nantes but is now at risk of failing to net over 20 league goals in a single league campaign for the first time since the 2007/08 campaign – when he scored 10 times in La Liga.
His former Barca teammate Suarez – with whom he played alongside in attack over the course of six years – has now claimed Messi has told him of his troubles in France
The two remain close friends off the pitch and the Argentine opened up to the striker about his time in the French capital.
Suarez said, as per TNT Sports: “We talk every day, we always try to avoid expectations because we are players and we know how we have to act in those moments, we talk about the games, about the family.