The Argentine legend has made a bold prediction on Lionel Messi’s trophy aspirations and on the star’s final club.
Juan Roman Riquelme expects Lionel Messi to win the Champions League with Paris Saint-Germain but to retire at Barcelona.
After Barcelona’s financial difficulties ended Messi’s hopes of a new contract this summer, the 34-year-old joined PSG on a free transfer. He has signed a two-year deal with the French club until 2023. The agreement includes an option for a third season.
Messi, who made his PSG debut last weekend, has expressed a desire to win a fifth Champions League title and even surpass Dani Alves’ record of 43 trophies won across his career.
“I hope that Messi goes on to enjoy Paris,” Riquelme told ESPN of his former Argentina teammate.
“I don’t know if it’s strange, but we are all excited to see him enjoy playing with [Kylian] Mbappe and Neymar. If they don’t win the Champions League now, they won’t win it.”
Riquelme added: “I think Messi will win the Champions League with PSG and retire at Barcelona.”
During his farewell press conference last month, Messi revealed he and his family would want to return ‘home’ to Barcelona after a few years away.