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While the six-time Ballon d’Or winner Argentina could reform a lavish and menacing front three with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, Guardiola is hopeful that Messi will be available to face the Spaniard.

“This type of player speaks for himself on the pitch,” Guardiola said of Messi, whom he managed at Barcelona.

“What he has done in his career is more than exceptional and I hope that tomorrow he can play for the good of the game.”

After more than 20 years of association with Barcelona, ​​Messi left this summer after the club experienced financial difficulties.

Guardiola admitted that the move to PSG had surprised him: “It was a surprise to everyone but what happened happened. Everyone accepts it now.

“A long time ago you couldn’t imagine it, but it happened. In life itself, you never know what’s going on. What is important is that he will be happy in Paris.

Manchester City beat PSG 4-1 on aggregate in the Champions League semi-finals last season.

The Qatari club have grown considerably since then, however, with Messi signing alongside some of the best and brightest in European football including Gianluigi Donnarumma and Sergio Ramos.

Lionel Messi with Pep Guardiola in Barcelona in 2012

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