According to striker Luis Suarez, close friend Lionel Messi has not shined in Ligue 1 because of the cold weather

“Messi told me he was playing in the cold,” Suarez told TNT Sports. “Messi is suffering, because sometimes he has to play in the snow. He needs to adapt to the cold weather there.”

Messi (black shirt) dribbled past two Nantes players on the Parc des Princes on November 19. Photo: Reuters

The temperature in Paris in the past few weeks has often been below 10 degrees Celsius, and matches that take place in the evening can drop below 5 degrees Celsius. Some courts in France even appear snow when players play in Ligue 1. And the temperature in Barcelona is often more than 10 degrees Celsius. Rarely matches down to this temperature mark. Messi has lived in Barcelona for the past 21 years, and he just moved to Paris in the summer of 2021. This is Messi’s first year living in the cold in France.

Messi has scored just one goal in the nine games he has played in Ligue 1, and has completed 35 shots. He is one of the players with the lowest finishing performance in the top five European leagues at the moment. In the Champions League, the Argentine superstar scored three goals in four matches. But, the last time he scored was on October 19.

Messi has also scored just one goal in the last nine matches in all competitions. In the next match, PSG plays at home against Club Brugge in the final round of the Champions League group stage. This match is procedural when PSG has guaranteed a place in the 1/8 round with second place in Group A.

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