As reported by RMC, PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino likened Lionel Messi to Diego Maradona after more criticism of the 34-year-old’s performances and explained that he will improve in Ligue 1 next season.
“We’re not talking about an ordinary player, Messi is on the same level as Diego Maradona. It is clear that his move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain was a big change, in which an adaptation process was necessary. Certain circumstances didn’t allow him to feel as comfortable as he did at Barcelona where he’d spent 20 years. Where he had been the standard bearer of the club.”
“To judge Messi in this way is unfair. I have no doubts about his quality… Next season will be a completely different season for him. This has been a year of learning, and not only at the professional level in coming to Paris, in a new league and with new team-mates, but also at the level family. This must be taken into account. It’s a major upheaval that can affect a player.”