Lionel Messi: 'Manchester City can beat Barcelona to Champions League crown'

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Angel Di Maria has revealed that he was "really close" to moving to PSG last summer.

Speaking to The Mirror, Argentine forward Messi has said that while Real Madrid and Bayern Munich also have the potential to beat Barcelona, Pep Guardiola's team are more likely to knock out the Catalan club.

The 29-year-old ended up staying in France, but he has admitted a transfer to Barcelona almost happened.

'I was really close to joining Barcelona but in the end, it wasn't to be, ' he told TyC Sports.

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Known for getting on very well with Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano (among others), Di Maria was preoccupied by the arrivals of star names like Neymar and Kylian Mbappe'. "Messi is always the best, he's the best every year. Cristiano Ronaldo is special but Messi is from another planet". The winger's game time was expected to a casualty of Neymar's arrival, however, he has done well for himself securing 21 starts.

But Messi does not think Madrid - lagging 16 points behind Barca in LaLiga - will challenge due to their surprisingly poor form this season.

What's more, he has made the most of his opportunities on the pitch, scoring 13 goals in 28 appearances in all competitions.

In the absence of Mbappe, first through injury and more recently through suspension following his red card at Rennes last month, the 29-year-old has five goals in six games, with his last coming in Tuesday's 4-1 win at Sochaux.

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