Eric Abidal, the former Barcelona defender, has said that if Lionel Messi is tempted with a move away from the Camp Nou then he should head to France.
Messi’s former teammate believes the Argentinian should go to Paris Saint-Germain if he decides to leave Barcelona, which still seems rather unlikely.
There have, however, been rumours that Messi was not happy at Barcelona and had fallen out with manager Luis Enrique. This has since been dispelled, however, and Messi has found his goalscoring boots once more.
Abidal, though, has suggested that Messi pursues a move to Ligue 1 should he eventually decide to leave Barcelona, the club he has been with since the age of 12.
He told RMC: “By having won everything in Barcelona, maybe he would like another challenge, to win titles in another club, it’s still possible.”
Abidal has made a strong case for the Barcelona star to switch from Spain to France saying that Paris Saint-Germain could provide him with a new challenge, one that he would enjoy.
He added: “It is true that PSG, after some time, have been able to form a good group, a good team with a state of mind, a desire, a determination and objectives.
"It may be a club that would please him.”
A new challenge?
There is no denying that PSG have the spending power to ensure that they could afford Messi and, if he wanted to play in France, then the capital city wouldn’t be a bad destination.
PSG have grown into a big club in recent years thanks to the investment of Qatari billions and are clearly looking to impress on the European stage as well as domestically.
However, PSG are yet to make any real impression in the Champions League: they reached the quarter-finals last year and are in the last-16 this year, both times meeting Chelsea.
On this occasion the two sides shared a 1-1 draw at the Parc des Princes, and Chelsea will be favourites to progress once more when they meet in the second leg at Stamford Bridge on March 11.
Perhaps Chelsea would be a better option for Messi were he to leave Barcelona, as would his side's opponents in the last 16 of the Champions League, Manchester City.
City have Financial Fair Play to contend with but no doubt they would find a way of accommodating the signing of the Argentinian superstar, as would any team.
Manchester City would surely be the better option over PSG though as it would mean playing in the Premier League, which is far superior to Ligue 1.
The Premier League would be a test for Messi, whereas Ligue 1 may not actually challenge him that much.
But, for the time being, it is difficult to imagine Messi playing for any club other than his current employers.
Can you see Lionel Messi ever leaving Barcelona?