Djibril Cissé says Lionel Messi needs more time to adapt to life at PSG

Ali Shibil Roshan
Messi joined PSG in the summer
Messi joined PSG in the summer / ATPImages/GettyImages

Former Liverpool striker Djibril Cissé has said Lionel Messi needs more time to adapt to life at Paris Saint-Germain after spending the entirety of his club football career at FC Barcelona.

Messi joined PSG on a free transfer in the previous summer transfer window after Barcelona announced they could not give the Argentine a new contract 'because of financial and structural obstacles'.

Messi has so far scored three Champions League goals for PSG, but is yet to bring his A-game to the table for the French behemoths. The six-time Ballon d'Or has also not opened his account in the Ligue 1, but Cissé believes it is not a 'football problem'.

"Messi's problem, if we can speak of a problem, is that he's a human being. He has emotions. He has lifestyle habits. For more than twenty years, he was in his element, in Barcelona," Cissé told L'Equipe [via Daily Mail].

He added: "And there, we take him, we put him in another environment and we say to him: 'Go ahead, perform.' But he changed his life. His family has changed their life. We must give him time to adapt, even if his name is Messi. 

"The life of a football player is impacted by his private life. For me, it's not a football problem."