` – “Leaving Barcelona was difficult but now I’m happy: I want to win the Champions League”. Lionel Messi is determined and, after putting aside the tears he shed yesterday for his divorce with Barcelona, he finds his smile again and presents himself with determination and enthusiasm at his first press conference as a Paris Saint-Germain footballer. Together with his wife and children, with the president Al-Khelaifi, the sports director Leonardo and the numerous fans outside the auditorium of the Parco dei Principi to cheer him, Leo explains how “difficult it was to manage the separation” with Barcelona, because “after so many years I had to change everything, but getting here has given me a lot of happiness and the desire to start a new adventure, I am really happy to be here, I’m enjoying everything from the first moment “.
But now the priority is to start training “as soon as possible to get to know my new teammates, the coach and the coaching staff”. The 34-year-old Argentine, winner of 4 Champions underlines how difficult it is to win this competition, but makes it clear that his goal is to win it again: “I think I’m in the right place to do it. I knew some players from the locker room, Neymar, Paredes, Di Maria and they were important too, I arrive in a strong team that wants to achieve the same goals that I have. “
“Our goal is to win every game and all possible trophies, it has always been like that – says PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi at his side – I don’t know if we are among the favorites for the Champions League, we certainly have an excellent team” . The six-time Ballon d’Or talks about his new teammates: “It’s a huge happiness to play with Neymar and Mbappé – he says – but above all to live everyday life with a squad that has great players. There have been many new signings, but there were already many great champions here, I will play with the best and this is beautiful“.
When asked what it would be like to be on the pitch playing against his old teammates, he replies: “Sure it could be nice to go back to Camp Nou, hopefully even with the stadium full, but it would also be strange to play there, with another shirt on. , in what is my home, but this is football and it can happen “.
Then the tribute to Verratti: “For many seasons he has shown himself to be a great player, the best in the world in his role. For years Barca wanted to bring him to azulgrana, but now things have changed, they have turned upside down, it is me who am came here to play with him, Marco is really a phenomenon “.