- France Football are making a mockery of Barcelona using Lionel Messi's photo on their front page wearing a PSG shirt
- The French news outlet claim the Argentine star is close to sealing a move to Paris Saint-Germain
- Reports also claim that the French club are ahead of Premier League giants Man City in the race to sign Messi
France Football are playing mind games with Lionel Messi's picture wearing a Paris Saint-Germain shirt ahead of their round of 16 Champions League clash with Barcelona.
The French news media outlet used a fake Messi photo on their front page claiming that the 33-year-old is close to joining the club in the summer.
It is understood that Messi's former teammate Neymar is playing a behind-the-scene role to land the Argentine at Prac des Princes.
Reports claim the Ligue 1 champions are ahead of Man City who are also in strong contention for the Barcelona captain.
PSG's new boss Mauricio Pochettino is said to be interested in making a three-man partnership of Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe as the club are preparing new long term contracts for them.
Barca boss Ronald Koeman in the past week slammed Angel Di Maria for saying there was a ‘big chance’ of Messi joining him in the French capital.
The Dutchman was quoted by The Sun:
“It’s disrespectful. It’s wrong to say such a thing and only heats up the Champions League game even more.
“It’s not fair. I don’t think it’s respectful towards Barcelona to talk about a player of ours.
“They talk about Leo a lot. He’s a Barcelona player, and we have a tie to play against them.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Lionel Messi took his free-kick haul to 55 following Barcelona's 2-1 win over Athletic Bilbao in the past weekend, The Sun.
But despite his impressive number of goals from direct free-kicks, Messi is still behind several players in the list of top ten players who have scored directly from a set-piece.
The Barcelona captain ranks higher than his fiercest rival Cristiano Ronaldo in this department. The 33-year-old is ranked 11th among the best free-kick takers in the world.