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Mar 24, 2014

Lavezzi: PSG could tempt Lionel Messi

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Steve Nicol give their take on Lionel Messi's record breaking night and grade Real Madrid's performance.

Ezequiel Lavezzi has told TF1 that Lionel Messi could join him at Paris Saint-Germain, saying: "A club like PSG could attract a player like Messi."

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Reports in French media say PSG's wealthy Qatari owners, who have already invested more than 300 million euros in the squad at the Parc des Princes, would be tempted to make a move for Messi, despite his ties to Barcelona.

Lavezzi, 28, said it is no longer only in the realms of fantasy that his fellow Argentina international could embellish the constellation of stars already in the French capital.

"Why not? Anything's possible in football now, even though he's strongly identified with a team. There are times when you're tired, you want a change of scenery, so why not? It's certain a club like PSG could attract a player like Messi. The club has to see, the player too," the former Napoli player said, adding his international teammate was no doubt aware of PSG's growing stature in European football.

"In the national team, we talk about PSG, the players watch the games. PSG has become a team watched around the world. Everyone knows we're good, that we can win the Champions League, the league or any game."

For the moment, Laurent Blanc's squad are managing to do that quite comfortably without Messi, however. Top of Ligue 1, in the Coupe de la Ligue final and with a Champions League quarterfinal tie with Chelsea to look forward to, the reigning French champions are on course to improve on last season's achievements of a domestic crown and a run to the last eight of European club football's premier competition.

"I think we've grown as a team. We've shared things, good moments and we know each other better. Other players have arrived, settled in very well and that's important. Day by day, we progress together and we improve," Lavezzi explained, adding he played in the shadow of fellow striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the principal catalyst for the team's success.

"At Napoli, I had a different influence on the pitch, like Ibrahimovic here. All passes go through him, the team depends on him, he scores a lot more goals than me. But I'm happy, I have fun. It's sure that playing with great players, like here, helps lift your game and everyone takes advantage."

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