Lionel Messi: Barcelona and Argentina legend says PSG a ‘perfect’ place to win

Image copyright AFP Image caption Messi says in a television interview he believes PSG will do well to hold on to Neymar Lionel Messi has told CNN he thinks Paris St-Germain is the “ideal”…

Lionel Messi: Barcelona and Argentina legend says PSG a 'perfect' place to win

Image copyright AFP Image caption Messi says in a television interview he believes PSG will do well to hold on to Neymar

Lionel Messi has told CNN he thinks Paris St-Germain is the “ideal” place to win the Champions League again after the Spanish giants won the competition in 2014 and 2016.

The Argentine has won the Ballon d’Or three times in the last four years, and scored in last season’s final for Barcelona.

He has won 14 trophies at Barcelona and Argentina, and says he wants to continue winning.

“My aim is always to win, it’s in my blood,” he said.

“When you win all the time you have to put yourself into a cycle, a different rhythm, something, different habits, so that comes from winning a lot.”

PSG were involved in a bidding war in the summer to retain the services of Neymar and ultimately beat Barcelona in the battle for his signature.

Lionel Messi won the Ballon d’Or as Europe’s top player in three of the last four years

Following Neymar’s exit, the 28-year-old Messi said he did not “want to take any pleasure from their difficulty”.

The forward, who plays for Argentina alongside Man Utd’s Angel Di Maria, says PSG have their work cut out to repeat as champions but also says the transfer market opens opportunities.

“I think last year the market opened a lot of doors for players to play in new leagues and new teams, who maybe, couldn’t do it before,” he said.

“So that’s a bit open in the future. But we will see.”

The Catalan giants have lost Messi’s older brother and team-mate Sandro Ramirez to Sevilla and have signed a host of new players since winning their sixth European Cup.

“It was important, it meant a lot to the family and for the club,” Messi said.

“It’s something we are always very proud of, we will always be – I hope – warriors, the team has always been warriors and I think that’s a key trait.”

Messi’s future at Barcelona is the subject of intense speculation, with PSG thought to be one of the potential destinations in the future.

But the forward says he is happy at Barcelona and revealed he is looking forward to marking out time with his family.

“My family is very important,” he said. “That’s the most important thing. When you are out on the pitch you are only as good as what’s inside you.

“I am very happy, I don’t have any problems in my life and in my head.

“Everybody says, ‘Don’t go’. So I stay where I am because I am happy and in my heart it is.”

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