Lionel Messi has admitted that he feels a little lost in France but also insists that he made no mistake by joining Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in a stunning summer transfer.
The 34-year-old added that having to leave Barcelona came as a shock but familiar faces have helped him to settle at PSG.
Messi, who started his professional career with Barca and is their record scorer with 672 goals, joined PSG on a two-year deal in the summer transfer window after being told by the Catalan club they could not afford to keep him.
During the transition to Paris, Messi was reunited with Neymar at PSG, after he and the Brazilian played together for four seasons at Barcelona, and joined compatriots Leandro Paredes and Angel Di Maria and coach Mauricio Pochettino, also an Argentine.
“That was a big part of my decision because I knew I was coming to a new country and had to start from scratch. Knowing that I had friends in the dressing room made me think that things would be easier to adapt to,” said Messi.
“And I was not wrong, because it was very easy to settle, especially because there are many players who speak Spanish, like me, and some friends like ‘Ney’, ‘Lea’ [Paredes], ‘Fideo’ [Di Maria], who helped me when I arrived.”
The player has also admitted that adjusting to life in Paris, in general, has not been that easy.
“I must admit that I am still a little bit lost,” he said. “I must get to know the city to find my way around a little easier. I had my habits in Barcelona, I know every area, I often went to the same places.”
Messi, his wife and their three children are yet to find a home and are living in a hotel. He said his sons are starting to teach him French as they are quickly picking up the new language in school.
“They are better than me in that,” said Messi.