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'He Is A Phenomenon' - Lionel Messi Praises His New PSG Teammate At Press Conference

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'He Is A Phenomenon' - Lionel Messi Praises His New PSG Teammate At Press Conference

Barcelona legend Lionel Messi has claimed that his new Paris Saint-Germain teammate Marco Verratti is "one of the best in the world in his position."

The 34-year-old Argentine superstar flew to Paris with his family on Tuesday to complete his medical and finalise his PSG deal.

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Messi, who will wear the No 30 shirt at PSG, inked a contract that will keep him at the Parc des Princes until 2023.

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The six-time Ballon d'Or winner was officially unveiled as a new PSG player on Wednesday at a press conference alongside club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

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Messi was asked about Verratti after the 28-year-old Italian midfielder was linked with a move to Barcelona in 2017.

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The PSG forward admitted that he was thrilled to finally have the opportunity to play alongside Verratti, saying that he is a "phenomenon."

Messi told reporters: "Marco Verratti has shown that he is a huge player, one of the best in the world in his position. He is a phenomenon."

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PSG snapped up Verratti in 2012 from Pescara, with the Italy international establishing himself as a central figure in the French club's midfield.

Verratti's former agent, Donato Di Campli, claimed that the PSG star "really wanted" a move to the Camp Nou.

He told French newspaper L'Equipe: "When Barca contacted me, I asked Marco what we're doing.

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"He told me to talk with them, and that we would also talk with PSG since an extension was in the pipeline. PSG was not great at the time, so I said to Marco, 'Are we going or are we staying?'

"He said 'OK, let's try another experiment.' Marco really wanted to go to Barcelona. He texted Nasser [Al-Khelaifi] to tell him, I kept it.

"They were offering a lot of money, but it wasn't even that. Playing with Messi, becoming a champion, which is a different thing to being a great player. PSG are one of the biggest clubs in the world, but they play in a weak league.

"I told Marco that if he wanted to become a champion, he had to change tune."

Featured Image Credit: Football Daily's Twitter/PSG

Topics: Paris Saint-Germain, Football, Ligue 1, marco verratti, PSG, Lionel Messi, France

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