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Lionel Messi needs more time to adjust at PSG, says Djibril Cisse, while L’Equipe questions the goal count

‘He and his family have changed their lives … it’s not a football problem’: Lionel Messi needs more time to adjust at PSG, says Djibril Cisse, while L’Equipe questions his lack of goals and assists in Ligue 1 after four games

  • Lionel Messi is off to a bad start by his standards at Paris Saint-Germain
  • The Argentine star has not registered league goals or assists in four games
  • Messi, 34, has scored three goals in three Champions League games.
  • And former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse insisted he needs some time to adjust.
  • Cisse added that moving his family abroad is likely to have a destabilizing effect.


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Lionel Messi needs more time to adjust to being at Paris Saint-Germain, according to Djibril Cisse.

The Argentine superstar was the most prominent signing of the summer, moving from Barcelona to the French giants, but has yet to register a goal or assist in four Ligue 1 games.

But former Liverpool striker Cisse insisted the problem had nothing to do with his talent, but rather was a symptom of his struggles off the field.

Lionel Messi's problems at Paris Saint-Germain are related to off-field issues, says Djibril Cisse

Lionel Messi’s problems at Paris Saint-Germain are related to off-field issues, says Djibril Cisse

He said: ‘Messi’s problem, if we can talk about a problem, is that he is a human being. Has emotions. Has lifestyle habits. For more than twenty years he was in his element, in Barcelona.

And there, we take it, we put it in another environment and we say: ‘Go ahead, act’. But it changed his life. Their family has changed their lives. You have to give him time to adapt, even if his name is Messi. The life of a soccer player is affected by his private life. For me, it is not a football problem.

‘After that, it’s true, he must also adapt to the (league). It is a physical championship, with young defenders who put a lot of effort into the duels and want to compete against Messi.

“I remember seeing La Liga games where the defenders, undoubtedly out of respect, did not always set foot with him as with the others.”

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