'More physical league' - Lionel Messi opens up on the difference between LaLiga and Ligue 1

Arjun Singh Devgan
Lionel Messi moved to PSG from Barcelona in the summer
Lionel Messi moved to PSG from Barcelona in the summer / Eurasia Sport Images/GettyImages

Argentina icon, Lionel Messi has opened up on his move to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona and the differences between the LaLiga and Ligue 1 - revealing that the French league is a more "physical" one than the Spanish league.

PSG made arguably the greatest signing in football history when they managed to get Messi on a free transfer after Barcelona failed to offer the striker a new contract. The 34-year-old's arrival has led to many believing that the French giants are now favourites to win their maiden Champions League title come the end of the season.

Speaking to Sport, Messi opened up on the differences between Ligue 1 and La Liga and the style of play changes a lot from the two different countries.

“It took a long time, but I played a few games; three in the league and a little more. It is a more physical league, where the matches are split a lot, the back and forth game is played a lot, where there are strong and fast players. On a physical level, it changes a lot.

“In Spain, all the teams try to play a lot more, and it can steal your ball if you don’t press well. These are more hit-for-hit than waiting for you to hit the counter. The biggest difference is on a physical level.”

Messi has not had the best of starts to life in France, failing to open his account in the league, though he has been brilliant in the Champions League, scoring three goals for PSG in Europe so far.