Super Eagle’s German manager Gernot Rohr has admitted that the arrival of the storied Argentine striker Lionel Messi will be a great advertisement to the French League.
Often derided as the ‘Farmers’ League’ , the top-tier of French football is always accused of being a one-horse race with a single top side dominating the league at any given time.
But just as the French League president Vincent Labrune hailed the arrival of the six-time Ballon d’Or winner as ‘extraordinary news for the exposure of Ligue 1 internationally’, Rohr told NationSport last night that Messi’ arrival is certainly a morale booster in all ramifications.
“The arrival of Lionel Messi will increase the attractiveness and visibility of our league on all continents,” he said.
“The Messi transfer is great for Paris and France,” the former Bayern Munich defender who also played in the French Ligue 1 for Bordeaux between 1977 and 1989, told Nation Sports.”He (Messi) will boost the interest of French league and give more chances to PSG to win the Champions League.”
With a motley crowd of Nigerian international players in the French Ligue 1, Rohr equally underlined the ‘ Messi-mania’ effect, adding some of the matches between the clubs of his Super Eagles stars and PSG would be interesting.
“The matches against Paris (Saint Germain) will be very exciting for everybody,” noted Rohr.
Yet Cesc Fabregas has reportedly warned Messi that Ligue 1 won’t have a one-team title race this season and that it could be a lot harder than anyone expects.
The Monaco midfielder was speaking just hours after Messi completed his stunning move to Paris Saint-Germain following his Barcelona exit.
And after building a ‘super team’ of the likes we rarely see in the sport, Fabregas has suggested that all of the pressure will be on the Parisiens.
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