Lionel Messi is being backed to “win the Champions League with PSG and retire at Barcelona”, with Juan Roman Riquelme suggesting that a fellow Argentine may not have ended his love affair with La Liga giants.
A six-time Ballon d’Or winner severed career-long ties with Barca this summer after seeing financial difficulties at Camp Nou make it impossible for him to be tied to a new contract.
An all-time great is now making a fresh start in France, as part of another star-studded squad, and Riquelme can see an illustrious countryman claiming more silverware at Parc des Princes before retracing his steps to Catalunya.
Former Barcelona star Riquelme has told ESPN of a mercurial talent that he once played alongside for Argentina:
“I hope that Messi goes on to enjoy Paris.
“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.”
“I think Messi will win the Champions League with PSG and retire at Barcelona.”