From rivalry with CR7, to hard life in Paris

Lionel Messi has not yet adapted to Paris Saint-Germain after arriving in the summer.

Messi has failed to score or provide an assist from his three games for PSG, with Michael Owen claiming the striker makes the club weaker.

He then refused to shake Mauricio Pochettino’s hand while exchanging words as he walked towards the bench.

The Sun takes a look at why Messi may be struggling to settle in France:

Despite arriving in August, Messi, his wife Antonela and their three children have not yet found a permanent place to live. They are currently staying at the Royal Monceau, a five star hotel.

The six-time Golden Ball winner wanted to rent a 41 million castle outside Paris.

But he left his dream home – called the “Pink Palace” – after the owner asked for an extra 8.5 thousand a month, after discovering that Messi was interested.

And his Argentine compatriot and teammate Angel Di Maria has revealed how Messi can not escape his adoring fans because of living in a hotel.

He said: “When Leo comes for dinner, there are always motorcycles or cars nearby.”

“People here are very respectful and if we go out they will leave you alone.”

“Now, with Leo, we have nowhere to go.”

His living situation is very far from his previous quiet life in Barcelona:

Messi was definitely the best in Catalonia, but this is not the case in Paris.

His former Barcelona team-mate Neymar and World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe are the two main players at the club.

And this was emphasized when the duo stood on the field against Lyon when looking for a winner, while Messi was replaced by right-back Achraf Hakimi.

Former PSG player Jerome Rothen criticized Pochettino for replacing Messi in his home debut without making any impact.

But one explanation that Messi was obsessed may be because he may be injured.

Although Pochettino stated that he was replaced for tactical reasons, and that Messi was “okay”.

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