Argentine international Ezequiel Lavezzi recently left French giants Paris Saint-Germain to move to Asia joining Hebei China Fortune.
He has now come out to admit that playing in France doesn’t pose any challenges for players and that the league lacks competitiveness compared to other leagues across Europe.
In an interview to L’Equipe, as per Goal, Lavezzi said: “I did not like the Ligue 1. I do not find it motivating. That is the truth.”
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SUPERIOR TO OTHERS
He added that other teams in France's top division do not possess the quality of PSG and hence come up well short at the end of every season.
“PSG are so strong compared to the other teams. I do not really take pleasure in matches. Italy is different, you have eight big matches in a season but in France it is two.”
The Parisians trounced Troyes to a humiliating 9-0 defeat last weekend to guarantee their fourth league triumph in as many years with eight games to spare and a mammoth 25-point lead over second-placed Monaco.
Lavezzi believes the Champions League was vital for maintaining the squad's motivation otherwise it was too easy in their domestic fixtures.
“Time passed, I lost my motivation and I lost my place. When you’re at PSG, you always have to be moving forward and maybe I was not always.”
“Except in the Champions League, where I was still motivated.”
The 30-year-old decided to call time on his four-year stay at Parc des Princes in January after the club accepted a £23.5 million offer from the Chinese Super League side, according to Daily Mail.
He signed a two-year deal earning £400,000-per-week in the Far East.
Lavezzi lost his place to Angel di Maria since his arrival from Manchester United, with manager Laurent Blanc preferring Lavezzi’s compatriot ahead of him.
He knows that joining the football revolution in China might have ended his hopes of representing the national team in the future, but remains optimistic about being a part of a promising project in Asia and finding the determination to play that was missing during his time in Paris.
Lavezzi made 163 appearances for the French champions in all competitions, scoring 35 goals in the process.