Ahead of Paris Saint Germain’s (PSG) Champions League clash against Manchester City last season, former Super Eagles captain tipped the French side to win Europe’s biggest club competition very soon.
Okocha played for PSG for four years, earning a legendary status for his performances, and he believed the club was close to winning the title they craved most.
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In an interview on Canal+ per ItaSportPress and published by soccernet, Okocha said: “I think PSG are working very well. They are almost where they want to be as they are getting closer to their goal of winning the Champions League,” the retired playmaker told Canal+ as per ItaSportPress.
“They have laid a good foundation because all the great players want to play for PSG. I think they have to maintain these results and stay at the top.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men did not win the Champions League last season as they lost across two legs to Man City in their semifinal clash.
However, this season, all that may change thanks to the little addition of a player called Lionel Messi. It’s no more a secret that the six-time Ballon d’Or winner is no longer a Barcelona player.
The Argentina international had spent all his career at Barcelona, but his contract expired at the end of June. It was initially hoped that he would sign a new deal, but the Catalan giants announced they could not sign him due to financial obstacles.
PSG were the winners of Messi’s exit at Barcelona as they are now close to signing the 34-year-old on a two-year deal with an option of another year.
Although the deal has not been announced officially, The Parisians have been teasing fans on their social media accounts with two short videos.
Messi has already arrived in Paris, and he’s expected to sign a two-year deal worth £25m, while he will also receive a £25m signing-on fee.
PSG’s acquisition of Messi could see them win the title they’ve been craving since they were bought by Qatari owners.
The Ligue 1 giants have been close in the last two seasons, losing to Bayern Munich in 2020 final before crashing out at the semifinal stage this year.
But with Messi’s arrival, they are now clear favourites to go all the way. Even before the Argentina superstar’s arrival, The Paris-based club already had a squad that could rival any team in Europe.
Messi’s arrival only takes them above the rest. This is because they are getting arguably the greatest player of his generation.
Even though he is now in the twilight of his career, the Barcelona legend is still the best player in the world. Not only that, Messi will be part of a three-pronged attack that includes two of the best forwards in the world, Neymar Jr. and Kylian Mbappe.
Messi is not the only superstar who PSG have signed on a free transfer this summer. The Parisians brought in Euro 2020 best player and goalkeeper, Gianluigi Donnarumma on a free transfer from AC Milan.
They have also added ex-Real Madrid captain and four-time Champions League winner Sergio Ramos and former Liverpool star Gini Wijnaldum.
This kind of team is only possible to create in a FIFA video game, but PSG have been able to assemble them in real life.
They’ve been close to the holy grail in the last two seasons, but Messi and other arrivals this summer could see them finally win that elusive title.
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