Since his arrival in the capital, the Argentinian does not have the same influence he had at Barça. And for good reason.
Author of a double Tuesday night against FC Bruges, Lionel Messi (34) could have a smile. A real scoring machine when he was at FC Barcelona, the Argentinian has been running out of fuel since he joined Paris Saint-Germain. If he has a correct total of 5 goals scored in 6 Champions League matches, Messi has only found the fault once in nine Ligue 1 matches.
Used to scoring between 25 and 30 goals per season in La Liga, La Pulga is even the most ineffective striker in Europe this season. These are all signs that show that the seven-fold Ballon d’Or is still struggling to adapt to its new life. And if his difficulties vis-à-vis Paris car traffic made you smile, other rumors in the hallway confirm that the Argentinian is still looking for the light.
La Pulga’s family still struggling
The doubts concerning his trainer, Mauricio Pochettino, are once again raised this morning in the columns of the Parisian. Messi does not often understand his positioning on the pitch. Strolled on the right side and in the axis, Messi clearly prefers to evolve as close as possible to Kylian Mbappé. A delay in ignition far from being catastrophic since there is a real will of the team to help it.
On the other hand, it seems harder for his family. The Messi lived for twenty years in Barcelona. And moving from the Catalan capital to Paris is not always easy. As proof, the eldest of the player’s three children does not appreciate his new life. Concretely, he does not like anything that does not look like Barcelona, writes the daily. It is also complicated for his wife Antonella, still saddened by this uprooting. Will the Messi manage to acclimatize? Le Parisien recalls that those close to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Neymar had experienced the same situation before everything was back to normal.