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Lionel Messi isn’t sure how long he will continue playing, but is enjoying his football after a difficult period of adaptation at Paris Saint-Germain.

Messi endured a difficult first season after swapping Barcelona for PSG last August, scoring 11 goals in 34 appearances – his lowest campaign since 2005-06, when he was 18.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has looked rejuvenated this season, however, already reaching the net 12 times and delivering 14 assists.

His PSG teammate Neymar and Manchester City’s Erling Haaland are the only players from Europe’s top five leagues to match his tally of 26 goals this season.

However, speaking to Movistar ahead of Argentina’s World Cup campaign, the 35-year-old hinted that the end of his playing career might not be too far away, although he expects to stay in football when he retires.

“I love to play and I love it, the only thing I’ve done all my life is play football and I’m sure that [a future role] will be linked, although I don’t know what” Messi said.

“I don’t think I’ll play much more. I don’t know, there’s so much going on. It was a dream I always had as a kid, to be able to play for Argentina.

“But today it depends on a lot of things. I have my family, three children, I have just experienced a very big change in my life which has cost me and my whole family dearly. Today today I got over it and we feel spectacular.”

When asked if he felt more comfortable on the pitch after spending a year sleeping at the Parc des Princes, Messi replied: “It’s true, I appreciate him a lot more, I discover the city and I think it’s beautiful.

“The first year was a huge change for me, everything went wrong because everything came out of nowhere and it wasn’t a decision I was aiming for, leaving Barcelona was sudden.

“After this long process and these difficult times, today I am happy to live where I live, and me and my family are enjoying Paris.”

Recalling his first season in Ligue 1, Messi said: “It was tough, we had been in the same place all our lives. I had never moved and I didn’t know what it would be like, plus it wasn’t was not a decision we made.

“It came all of a sudden. We had to leave Barcelona overnight and found ourselves where everything was new.

“We’ve had our lives in Barcelona with friends, places and people, and you have to get to know other places, with another language, another football, another time.

“I suffered a lot, it was hard. But today I enjoy everything, including football.”


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