Champions League 'not easy' for clubs like Manchester City, says Messi

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Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has compared big-spending Paris St Germain to Manchester City, but revealed he doesn't think it's easy to find Champions League success through financial backing alone.

Messi also insisted he's not interested in joining the French club, revealing he is happy with life in Barcelona.

The Argentinian has previously stated he'd be happy to see out his career at the Nou Camp, and the 25-year-old forward admitted not even a mammoth offer from the Parisian outfit could intice him away from Catalonia.

"Paris St Germain's project tempting? No, no!" said Messi to France Football. "I have the best teammates in the world at Barcelona. We fight for trophies every season."

PSG have started the season in excellent form this year, and currently sit top of the Ligue 1 table, three points clear of second place. New signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been integral to their fine early season results, and the Swedish international leads the scoring charts with 10 goals in 10 league fixtures so far.

Like Manchester City, PSG embarked on a lavish spending spree following a change of ownership, and the French giants brought in Thiago Silva, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Pastore as well as Ibrahimovic.

But Messi is unsure if such extravagant spending can translate into success on the European stage, if it may lead to domestic glory.

"I don't know whether PSG already have the means to challenge the big teams in the Champions League this season," said Messi.

"I think that they can win the Ligue 1 title with all the players who can be decisive. But it takes time to build a team.

"Their situation reminds me a bit of Manchester City. It's not easy to build a team when you have players coming from all corners of the world."

Manchester City have struggled in a difficult Champions League group this season. Roberto Mancini's men have only managed to secure one point from their first three matches, and City face a crucial home fixture against Ajax next, before an away trip to Borussia Dortmund followed by a home tie to Real Madrid.

City have fared slightly better in the Premier League, and currently lie third, one point behind league leaders Chelsea.

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