Messi: Barcelona´s Champions League rivals are PSG & Manchester City

Lawrence Kim
February 12, 2018

Paris Saint-Germain attacker Angel Di Maria has revealed that he came close to linking up with worldwide teammate Lionel Messi at Barcelona this summer, before the deal fell through.

The Argentinian would have become public enemy number 1 in another part of Spain had he made the switch to the Catalan giants, having already represented Real Madrid to much success earlier in his career.

The former great will know a thing or two about the qualities of Messi but also has admiration for Ronaldo, naturally.

The 29-year-old ended up staying in France, but he has admitted a transfer to Barcelona almost happened.

"My move to Barca was really close but ultimately it did not go through", Di Maria told Tyc Sports, one of Argentina's main Sport channels.

Angel Di Maria is one of just a few footballers who have played alongside both Ronaldo and Messi - the Argentine starred next to Ronaldo during his time at Real, and features with Messi in their national team. He has, predictably, found starting time in short supply this season.

'I started 2018 on a good foot, though, and I am really happy. Cristiano Ronaldo's a special player, but Messi's from another planet. "There are no words to describe Messi, he always surprises you".

"Lionel Messi? He's the best every year, it's always the same".

And the Brazilian has taken French football by storm, scoring 27 goals and making 14 assists in all competitions for PSG this season.

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