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‘We can win the Champions League’ – Messi in PSG press conference

Lionel Messi has expressly stated that he dreams of winning the Champions League once more after joining Paris St-Germain.

The Argentina captain, 34, won four Champions League titles with Barcelona, the last of which came in 2015.

Mega-rich PSG are still searching for their first title in the competition, having lost to Bayern Munich in the 2020 final.

“My goal and my dream is to win the Champions League once more,” Messi said as he was unveiled as a PSG player.

Messi left Barcelona after 21 years at the club as they were unable to afford a new deal under La Liga’s financial fair play rules.

He scored a record 672 goals in 778 games for the Catalan giants, won the Ballon d’Or a record six times and lifted 35 trophies during his time at the Nou Camp, but said he is excited to “begin this new moment of my life” after a “difficult” departure from Barcelona.

Messi says he’s excited about the Paris challenge

“It was a difficult change after so long a time,” he told reporters at the Parc des Princes. “But the moment I arrived here, I felt very happy and I really want to begin the training sessions. I want it to be quick.

“My only will now is to begin the training sessions. I want to work with the staff and team-mates and begin this new moment of my life.

“I have this will to play. I am really impatient. I still want to win, as I did the first moment of my career.

“I feel this club is ready to fight for all the trophies. This is my goal, I want to keep growing and keep winning titles and that is why I came to this club.”

Adding Messi to an already talent-rich squad is a major step in PSG’s quest to reach the European summit.

And the Argentine is aware that in order to lift the trophy for a fifth time, he may have to face Barcelona along the way, and admits that playing at the Nou Camp in PSG’s colours would be “very strange”.

“Barcelona is my home – I have been there since I was a kid and I’ve lived so many things there,” he added.

“I don’t know if we are going to face each other – it would be very nice to go back to Barcelona.

“It will be very strange to play at home there in Barcelona with another shirt but it can happen and we will see.”

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