Zlatan Ibrahimovic predicts Lionel Messi's PSG future

Mudeet Arora
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has predicted Lionel Messi's PSG future
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has predicted Lionel Messi's PSG future / Eurasia Sport Images/GettyImages

Former Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has predicted that fans will be able to see a new side to Lionel Messi's game after his time at Barcelona for 21 years.

This is the first time that the Swede has spoken up about Messi's high profile summer move to the French capital.

Since his move, Messi has netted three times for the club in the Champions League, but is yet to open his account for PSG in Ligue 1.

While speaking to French outlet Telefoot, Ibrahimovic discussed Messi's time at PSG till now and said, "It's a good challenge for Messi.

"He will try something new after a long period at Barcelona and he’s going to a very ambitious club that wants to win and is rising.”

Ibrahimovic added, “Is today’s team better than the one in my era? No, we were a team. These days, it’s not a team.”

The Swedish great also spoke about Messi's teammate Kylian Mbappe and said, "I love Mbappé but he is not doing enough. He can become so strong if he hurts himself. He must smell the taste of blood, he must walk on fire. Surround yourself with people who tell you you’re not good enough and you will become the best."

Mbappe is in the final year of his PSG contract as the club continues to convince him to sign a new deal or they will risk losing him for free next summer. If no deal is agreed, Mbappe will be free to talk to clubs in January and sign a pre-contract ahead of the summer transfer window.