Team with Lionel Messi, Achraf Hakimi is surprised to see La Pulga’s true nature: Okezone Bola

PARIS -Defender Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), Achraf Hakimi, now a teammate of the world superstar footballer, Lionel Messi. After a few months in this role, Hakimi also revealed the true nature of Lionel Messi which surprised him.

As is known, Messi decided to join PSG in the summer of 2021. His arrival to the French giants came after Barcelona decided not to extend his contract due to the financial crisis.

The Argentine player then chose Paris as his new club which was also filled with star players, such as Hakimi. Hakimi also admitted that he was happy to be able to fulfill his dream of playing with world superstar Lionel Messi.

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However, the Moroccan player was a little surprised at Messi’s genuine attitude. Because, La Pulga, Messi’s nickname, is a simple and quiet figure.

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Hakimi admitted that it was quite easy to establish a relationship with Messi technically on the pitch. It’s just that, when off the field, he’s a little difficult.

“Building a technical relationship with him is easy I give him the ball and run and then Messi will put him in his place. I was surprised by the attitude that Messi showed, he was simple and quiet,” Hakimi said.

On the other hand, Hakimi is grateful to have the opportunity to play with Messi so that his dream can come true. This is a new experience for Hakimi after being teammates with other stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku.

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“I didn’t have expectations and when I heard Messi came to PSG what I can say is a dream. I played with many great players and the only one I missed was Messi, I am proud to develop with such a good footballer.”

Lionel Messi

As is well known, Messi underwent a short pre-season game after leading Argentina to victory in the Copa America in July. As a result the coach, Mauricio Pochettino chose to gradually put Messi into the plans at PSG.

Messi finally made his debut from the bench in a 2-0 win in the fourth week of the French League against Reims, Tuesday (30/8/2021). Meanwhile, the first time he played as a starter was in the opening match of the Champions League Group A stage against Club Brugges.

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