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Lionel Messi says he hopes to “do great things” at PSG with teammate Kylian Mbappe.
The duo are both enjoying stunning seasons, with Messi currently on 18 goals and 16 assists in all competitions, with Mbappe boasting tallies of 30 and eight respectively.
Along with their fine campaigns for the French side, the pair also starred for their respective countries in the recent World Cup final, where Messi’s Argentina defeated Mbappe’s France on penalties in Qatar.
Messi plans ‘great things’ with Mbappe
Speaking to the PSG website, iconic forward Messi has now revealed further insight into the thrilling final against his club teammate. The Argentinian also signalled his plans for the duo going forward.
“It really was a breathtaking final,” said Messi. “It was crazy how the match went. Kylian scored three incredible goals, in a final! Not being able to be champion after that was crazy.
“But he’s already won it too, and he knows what it’s like to be world champion. So yes, it was a great final for the football world. And now it’s true that it’s nice to be able to play in the same team with him, and I hope we can do great things here in Paris.”
Argentine attacker ready for Munich test
While Messi has been in scintillating form this season, PSG have not been at their very best. Despite this, they are still top of Ligue 1, eight points clear of Marseille in second.
But all eyes are seemingly on the Champions League trophy. Unfortunately for PSG, however, Bayern Munich stand in their way, while they are also without the injured Neymar.
The German giants won the round of 16 first leg encounter 1-0 in Paris, but Messi is confident that the French side have what it takes to progress in the competition.
The second leg is scheduled for tomorrow evening at Allianz Arena, with Messi noting: “We’re going to Munich, where it’s going to be a very tough match, just like the first one. “Everything will be decided by small details, especially as it is very difficult to win in this stadium.
“But I think that if we do things right, we are capable of turning things around. We want to continue our journey in the Champions League. And that’s what we will try to do.”
Messi opens up on initial PSG struggles
Messi’s switch from Barcelona to PSG in August 2021 was well documented, as were the forward’s struggles in his early days at his new club.
The Argentina international still hit double figures for both goals and assists in the 2021/22 season, but given just how high his standards were at Barcelona, many believed he was not fulfilling his full potential. And they were right, with Messi already surpassing those totals this time around, with still a huge chunk of the season left to play.
“The first year, I needed a little time to adapt to Paris for different reasons, but I started this season really differently, with a lot of desire,” explained Messi.
“I feel more comfortable with the club, with the city, with everything that Paris means. And the truth is that I am really enjoying this season.”
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