LIONEL MESSI says Ligue 1 is more physical and it’s harder to find space compared to La Liga.
The comments come with the PSG summer signing still yet to find the back of the net in the league for the French giants.
His only goal so far for the club came against Manchester City in the Champions League – and the 34-year-old has revealed Ligue 1 is a tough competition to play in.
In three appearances in the French top flight the Argentine is yet to score or provide an assist.
It’s been a stop-start beginning to the campaign for the six time Ballon D’Or winner after his historic free transfer from cash-strapped Barcelona.
The superstar was forced to miss two games after suffering a bruised bone in September.
But in games against Stade Reims, Lyon and Rennes, Messi is yet to find the back of the net.
And speaking to France Football, Messi admitted: “Ligue 1 is a league which is much more physical than LaLiga.
“Here, the teams seem more powerful to me and the matches are very close, with few spaces.”
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Despite the barren start to life in Ligue 1, Messi is the odds-on favourite to land a remarkable SEVENTH Ballon D’Or crown this year.
He’s scored 38 goals in 47 games so far this calendar year.
The 30 nominees for the gong were unveiled yesterday, with fourteen Premier League players on the list.
Chelsea stars Cesar Azpilicueta, N’Golo Kante, Romelu Lukaku, Mason Mount and Jorginho feature.
Manchester City meanwhile have Kevin de Bruyne, Ruben Dias, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling on the list.
Portugal and United team-mates Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes, Liverpool star Mo Salah and Spurs talisman Harry Kane make up the fourteen.
But Messi has revealed it is his PSG team-mates who will be getting his vote for the award.
He said: “In my team, there are two for whom I will easily vote: Ney[mar] and Kylian [Mbappe].
“And then Lewandowski, who has just had a great year.”
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