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Paris – When Leo Messi stepped out in a makeshift studio at Paris’ Les Halles alongside CNN’s Paola Subacchi on Saturday, he brought a bit of AC Milan to the Match of the Day sofa.
In the exclusive interview, the Catalan marvel stated he believes the ‘ideal’ place to win a Champions League crown is in Europe’s capital.
The rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona may be the top of the La Liga pile, but reigning champions Real have been knocked out of the Champions League by either City or Roma at the last-16 stage in each of the last three seasons.
‘I think [Paris Saint-Germain] is the perfect position to win again’
Last season, City knocked out Zinedine Zidane’s side in the round of 16 before they went out to Barcelona in the semi-finals.
But PSG stunned the world last season, beating Barcelona 3-0 in the semi-finals en route to becoming the first French side to lift the trophy since 2002.
The dual success hasn’t gone unnoticed by Messi, who told Subacchi PSG have “no rival in Europe” in terms of its formidable “financial power and physical strength”.
In a probing question, Subacchi asked the Barca superstar who he thinks PSG is the closest contender to being World Footballer of the Year.
“At the moment, obviously, it is me. I am the best player,” declared Messi, with a smile.