PSG have enjoyed mixed success with Lionel Messi in the team this season. While the Argentinean has been outstanding for the Parisians in the Champions League, he has struggled to hit similar heights in Ligue 1.
Meanwhile, Messi has not been informed about winning the 2021 Ballon d’Or award, as clarified by the chief editor of France Football. Elsewhere, a Real Madrid star is contemplating a move to PSG next year.
On that note, here’s a look at the key PSG transfer stories as on 10th November 2021.
Lionel Messi not informed about winning 2021 Ballon d’Or award
Lionel Messi has not been informed about winning the 2021 Ballon d’Or award, France Football’s chief editor Pascal Ferre has confirmed.
A report from RTP Sport recently claimed that the PSG star has won the coveted award this year. The report also added that the Argentinean has already been informed about winning his seventh Ballon d’Or award. However, Ferre has now rubbished those rumours.
Messi is among the contenders to be named France Football’s best player of the year. The Argentinean is the favourite for the award, thanks to his outstanding form this year. The six-time Ballon d’Or winner won the Copa Del Rey with Barcelona and Copa America 2021 with La Albiceleste.
Lionel Messi has also added to his personal record at both club and country level. Even though he has struggled to find his footing since joining the Parisians, the Argentinean is expected to lift his seventh Ballon d’Or award on 29 November. As such, rumours that the PSG star has already been informed of the result sent the football world into a frenzy.
However, speaking to Bild, as relayed by PSG Talk, Ferre rubbished those claims. He also denied that Lionel Messi has any knowledge about winning the award.
“That’s a lot of b******t we’ve seen in the last ten days. A big bluff,” said Ferre.
Karim Benzema eyeing move to PSG
Karim Benzema will join PSG if Erling Haaland arrives at the Santiago Bernabeu, according to PSG Talk via El Nacional. The French striker’s current deal with Los Blancos expires in 2023. Benzema is not pleased with the La Liga giants’ interest in the Norwegian, and could consider a return to France as a result.
The Parisians are ready to welcome Benzema with open arms in a bid to exact revenge for Real Madrid’s pursuit of Kylian Mbappe. PSG are willing to offer Benzema a blockbuster contract to lure him to the Parc des Princes as a free agent.
PSG manager outlines difference between Ligue 1 and the Premier League
PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino has outlined the difference between Ligue 1 and the Premier League. The Argentinean spent five seasons with Tottenham Hotspur before his current stint with PSG.
Speaking to the Ligue 1’s official website, Pochettino has said that the French league is more physical than the English league.
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“I don’t say that it’s a better league than the English, than the Premier League, I think that in the way that the games are (played) here, I think they are more physical than the Premier League,” said Pochettino.