Lionel Messi aims brutal dig at Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid amid Barca return talks.
The Argentine superstar has reiterated his commitment to helping Paris Saint-Germain win the Champions League for the first time in the club’s history.
In an apparent jab at Real Madrid, Lionel Messi reaffirmed his desire for Paris Saint-Germain to win the Champions League this year while emphasizing how the championship “is not always won by the strongest team.”
The Argentine has won Europe’s top club competition three times, but he hasn’t done it since 2015, the last time he took part in a championship game.
In each of their four matches in the competition’s knockout rounds, Los Blancos were the underdog; they shockingly defeated Messi’s PSG in the Round of 16 (the Argentine had a penalty saved by Thibaut Courtois in the first leg), then defeated the defending champions Chelsea in the quarterfinals, Premier League champions Manchester City in the semifinals, and finally Liverpool in the championship match.
Although PSG has been funded by Qatar for more than ten years, making them one of the wealthiest clubs on the continent, European glory has remained elusive for the club. The team has won eight Ligue 1 championships at that time thanks to its superior financial position, but they haven’t been successful in the European competition.
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In spite of being regulars in the tournament’s knockout stages, Bayern Munich defeated Les Parisiens in the competition’s 2020 championship game.
They frequently disappoint under pressure, as evidenced by the last minutes of their season-ending loss to Real Madrid.
Messi has just clarified on the Mexican TV station TUDN: “The previous year was challenging for me since I had just made a significant transition (coming from Barcelona) after spending so much time in one location.
Everyone understands what the goal [for this season] is. PSG has always desired to take home the Champions League. We had two excellent games against Real Madrid last season, but the tie was lost in minute aspects, which made the elimination very difficult.”
The Argentine then proceeded, pointing out that winning the competition was not always a sign of the best team: “This is not a typical year, because the World Cup is between the games, but the primary goal of PSG, like every year, is to be able to contend for the Champions League.
“It is a very tough competition to win since it is not always determined by the greatest team, it is always decided by minor details, any mistake takes you out of a tie, but we are preparing ourselves for when those hard moments come, to be up to the task,” the competitor said.
Messi has only ever won club football’s most coveted award since he was 24 years old, despite having won the competition three times, and the Argentine is eager to add another winner’s trophy to his collection.