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Lionel Messi has paid for Paris Saint-Germain’s “obsession” with winning the Champions League, suggests Ander Herrera.

Messi moved to Parc des Princes in 2021 from Barcelona and helped Paris Saint Germain to a Ligue 1 success in his first season.

Paris Saint Germain are on the brink of retaining their crown, though Messi’s future at the club is far from certain.

Messi has not been able to bring Paris Saint Germain closer to their final goal of winning the Champions League. Earlier in May, Messi was pointed out by sections of the club’s fanbase after he was suspended for taking an unauthorised journey to Saudi Arabia. which made Herrera, who played with Messi last season, sees Paris Saint Germain’s dogmatic pursuit of European glory as the main issue.  He said: “I was admiring Leo before I knew him, and after knowing him, I admire him even more as a footballer and as a person,” He said this to Stats Perform. I understand that Paris is a place that does not have much patience. There is an obsession to win the Champions League that doesn’t help. I think that [they are] the only team in the world that, if they do not win the Champions League, it is a failure. All the rest can have good seasons without winning it.

“In Paris, this patience and calm do not exist. You perceive that there is an obsession to win the Champions League, and in the end, who pays for it?

“[It is] the best ones in the team. They are the ones that receive the criticism.” Herrera also weighed in on speculation over the future of his former Man United team-mate David De Gea, amid questions over the goalkeeper’s place at Old Trafford.

De Gea has come in for criticism after several key errors this term, but yet also claimed the Golden Glove once again for his Premier League performances.

The Spaniard’s contract runs out at the end of the season but includes an option for a further year, and Herrera feels United would be foolish to not keep his compatriot on.

“Of course, David should continue,” he said. “He has the record for most clean sheets in the club’s history. He has been, for four or five years, the best in the Premier League. A couple of mistakes won’t affect his performance and his winning mentality.”

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