Benzema, his integration in Paris, the whistles… Messi’s secrets for the Argentine press

Called up with the Argentine squad in preparation for the 2022 World Cup, Lionel Messi took the opportunity to engage in extensive discussions with Argentine media TyC Sports. By evoking his difficult adaptation to PSG, the booing of the Parc des Princes and the possible Golden Ball of Karim Benzema.

On the sidelines of the upcoming prestigious match between Argentina and Italy, Lionel Messi spoke at length with Argentine media TyC Sports. In particular, the seven-time Ballon d’Or returned to his complicated Paris Saint-Germain arrival, his future and his prognosis for the Ballon d’Or 2022…

His integration in Paris

Arriving at Paris Saint-Germain last summer, after seventeen years with FC Barcelona, ​​Lionel Messi admitted he was struggling to acclimate to his new life. “The children’s first day at school, we cried with Antonella (his wife, editor’s note), he admitted. We said to ourselves, ‘What are we doing here? What happened ?”. […] It has been a change and a difficult year. If you’ve been in one place all your life, especially at my age, it’s not easy.”

Its Contrasting Season

“I had team-mates at Barcelona who had played alongside me for many years and they knew me by heart. Between the minor physical problems at the start of the season and the complicated integration, Messi had a contrasting year, complicated by knockout elimination. of the Champions League against Real Madrid “I arrived late. I injured my knee. The Covid has affected me a lot. I stayed for a month and a half without being able to run properly, he noted. When things started to get better, Madrid was over. It killed us completely.”

The whistles of the Parc des Princes

During the home game after the elimination in C1, the Argentinian, like some of his teammates, was whistled through part of the Parc des Princes against Bordeaux. “When they whistled at me, I said to myself, ‘What will my kids think?’ I didn’t like that my children were there and listened to this, explained the Pulga. to enjoy. I want to go back to Paris and enjoy.” However, later in the interview, he explained that he “understands the annoyance of the supporters”, adding that “it was over”.

The Ballon d’Or 2022

Ballon d’Or in its last two editions, in 2019 and then 2021 (the 2020 edition was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic), the 34-year-old striker is unlikely to win the trophy for a third consecutive year. † But he has already named a favourite: Karim Benzema: “I think there is no doubt that Benzema had a spectacular year and finally won the Champions League because he was fundamental from the round of 16 in every game. I think that there is no doubt about it. years.”

The World Cup in Qatar

Messi is currently gathering with Argentina’s squad to prepare for the 2022 World Cup to be held in Qatar at the end of the year. “The group is very excited, very excited and I think we are preparing well for this moment,” he said. He also aimed for a favorite and therefore most important contender for the title: France. “They are an impressive team, which we said at the time was a possible candidate for the win and who eventually became champions. I think the shock of the European Championship (the Blues were eliminated in round of 16 against Switzerland, note of the editor) made them stronger.”

2026 or retirement?

With a lot of rumors circulating about Messi’s future, who will mainly send him to Inter Miami in the coming years, nobody knows if the campaign in Qatar will be his last World Cup. “The truth is I will see. Look, I never thought I would play anywhere other than Barcelona. Frankly, it seems very difficult to me, but nothing is certain.”

Corentin Parbaud RMC Sports journalist