Lionel Messi is simple and calm in the locker room, according to Achraf Hakimi, who admits that he is surprised by the behavior of the Paris Saint-Germain superstar.
Messi’s 21-year stay at Barcelona ended prematurely over the summer, due to the financial crisis at the Catalan club, but he quickly chose PSG as the club where he wanted to continue his sensational career.
The 34-year-old signed a two-year contract with the French giant and he is expected to inspire Mauricio Pochettino’s team towards glory in the Champions League.
But Hakimi says he is fascinated by Messi’s reserved character off the field.
“Building a technical connection with him is easy! I give the ball to him, I run and he will put the ball where it needs to be! ” said the PSG right-back, who joined the club this summer as well.
“I was surprised by the way he behaved, simple and calm,” Hakimi told about Messi.
The Moroccan defender feels grateful to have the opportunity to play alongside Messi because he thinks he and his team-mates can reach a new level by working with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner.
“I, like everyone else, did not expect Messi to leave Barca and when I heard that he was coming here, what can I say? A dream for me,” he added.
“I played with a lot of great players and the only one missing was Messi. I am proud to develop with such a good footballer”, he underlined.