MESSI LEADS STATS DESPITE AVERAGE SEASON

The world of football was stunned when the great Lionel Messi left Spanish La Liga side Barcelona to sign for French club Paris Saint Germain (PSG) last summer. Messi left Barcelona after the Catalan giants were unable to accommodate his salary on their wage bill due to Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules in La Liga. PSG gave Lionel Messi a two-year deal with the option for a third year when he signed for them as a free agent at the start of the just concluded season.

For his debut season at PSG, Messi didn't perform as expected considering the heights reached during his time at Barcelona. He had spent around 15 years in the first team at Barcelona. Despite his average season, the petite Argentine was still able to record 25 goal contributions. Messi scored 11 goals and provided 14 assists for PSG in his first season at the club. Six of his goals came in the French top flight, while the other five goals were scored in the Champions League.

BARCELONA PRESIDENT RULES OUT POSSIBLE MESSI RETURN

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has confirmed the club have already completed two signings ahead of the summer transfer window but said they are not considering bringing Lionel Messi back to the club. Laporta did not name the two signings, but ESPN previously reported Barca have agreed deals with Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen and AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie ahead of their contracts expiring with their respective clubs in June.

Laporta mentioned that the club have sealed two signings already, adding that he can't give out any names yet but disclosed that one of the two players is a central defender and the other is a midfielder.

IS MESSI A BAD FIT FOR PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN?

Lionel Messi is struggling to adapt to French football and is still finding it hard to score goals in the French Ligue 1 for Paris Saint-Germain so far this season, leading to speculations that he may not be a good fit for the club. He joined thr French club under mixed circumstances from Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona and since then, even though there were a lot of exoectetjibs placed on him by fans to oertorm at his new club.

CALHANOGLU ON TARGET AGAINST VENEZIA

Inter Milan playmaker HakanCalhanoglu continued his good run in front of goal after he scored the opener as the Nerazzuribeat hosts and newly promoted side Venezia 2-0 in the league to close the gap on the top two teams as far as the Italian Serie A is concerned.

MESSI, OTHERS TO MISS ANGERS GAME

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Lionel Messi and other South American players in the Paris Saint Germain (PSG) team will miss the resumption of French Ligue 1 football later this month due to their national team commitment. Apart from summer signing Lionel Messi, PSG will also miss the services of Neymar, Angel Di Maria, Leandro Paredes and Marquinhos when league football resumes as far as the French top flight is concerned.

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