Hakimi has become ‘surprised’ by Messi behavior in Paris Saint-Germain, PSG.
Lionel Messi is “simple and quiet” in the dressing room, according to Archaf Hakimi, who admits being “surprised” by the Paris Saint-Germain superstar’s behaviour.
According to Goal.com, Messi saw his 21-year stay at Camp Nou brought to a premature end earlier this summer amid Barcelona’s financial crisis, but he quickly selected PSG as the club where he wanted to continue his illustrious career.
The 34-year-old signed a two-year contract at Parc des Princes and has been tipped to inspire Mauricio Pochettino’s side to Champions League glory, but Hakimi has been taken aback by his reserved character away from the pitch.
“Building a technical relationship with him is easy! I give him the ball, I run and he will put it where it belongs!” the PSG full-back, who also joined the club in the summer transfer window, told L’Equipe. “I was surprised by the way he behaved, he is simple, quiet.”
Hakimi is grateful for the opportunity to play alongside Messi, and thinks he and the rest of his teammates can reach a new level while working with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner.
“For Messi to leave Barca, like everyone else, I didn’t expect it, and when I heard you were coming here, what can I say? A dream for me!” he added.
“I played with many great players and the only one I missed was Messi! I am proud to evolve with such a good footballer.
“To progress, I will pay attention to how he trains, how he plays. It will grow the team and each of the players that make it up. We speak the same language, in addition, little by little we are getting to know each other.”