Argentine icon Riquelme’s daring declare

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1:17 PM | September 04, 2021

Argentina skipper Lionel Messi ended his 21-year-old affiliation along with his boyhood membership Barcelona final month. The 34-year-old soccer celebrity made his Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) debut throughout the weekend after signing a $83 million two-year cope with the French membership.

Iconic Argentine playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme has backed six-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi to “win the Champions League with PSG”.

Messi’s arrival on the Parc des Princes has boosted PSG’s formidable assault, which is likely one of the sharpest in world soccer, with French striker Kylian Mbappe and Brazilian celebrity Neymar finishing the trident.

Acknowledging the load of expectations on Messi’s shoulders, Riquelme even believes that if the French membership fails in its pursuit of Europe’s premier match even with the Argentine captain of their workforce, they may by no means win the Champions League.

Then again, the 43-year-old midfielder claimed that Messi hasn’t ended his relationship with Barcelona; he’s fairly certain about his return to Camp Nou within the close to future.

Riquelme went so far as to say that Messi will “retire at Barcelona”.

“I hope that Messi goes on to take pleasure in Paris. I do not know if it is unusual, however we’re all excited to see him take pleasure in taking part in with [Kylian] Mbappe and Neymar,” Riquelme advised ESPN on Friday. “If they do not win the Champions League now, they will not win it.”

“I believe Messi will win the Champions League with PSG and retire at Barcelona,” he added.

If Messi does return to Barca, the transfer wouldn’t shock many within the soccer world, contemplating he was on the verge of signing a brand new cope with the La Liga membership. However their mounting debt and monetary state of affairs did not permit them to register his contract.

Like his nice rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who rejoined Manchester United not too long ago, Messi would even be 36 by the point his PSG contract expires and the potential of him returning to the membership, which has given him all of the love and respect through the years, cannot be dominated out.

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