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Messi advised against joining ‘super competitive’ Premier League

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A legend of Argentine football has argued that Paris Saint-Germain would be a more suitable next destination for Lionel Messi.

Lionel Messi calmed the storm he himself had provoked after making a U-turn on his decision to call time on his lengthy FC Barcelona career.

Messi, in an exclusive interview with Goal, revealed that he was strictly against dragging Barca to the court – something he had to do as a last resort in order to settle a release clause disagreement – and this was the major factor that influenced his decision.

However, he never mentioned that he has allowed his impulse to totally dissolve, suggesting that he has only postponed acting on the desire for an exit for further consideration until the next year.

The 33-year old will be able to quit Camp Nou for free when his contract expires at the end of June 2021.

Manchester City would probably be the strongest candidate to secure his services, but a fellow countryman, who has also guided Argentina to World Cup glory, believes Messi should opt for a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

“I don’t know if the Premier League, which is super competitive, would be a good place for him to go,” Jorge Valdano told Onda Cero’s ‘El Transistor’ program.

“Paris would be more comfortable, more bearable for the last years of the career of a genius.

“He’s a very competitive player who knows how to time himself to stay sharp by playing games and who does not easily accept being a substitute waiting for the big moments.”