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The Argentine sensation feels Ligue 1 football is just right for his compatriot and former Palermo attacking midfielder and he expects him to be a hit at the Parc des Princes

Barcelona striker Lionel Messi believes Javier Pastore can excel at Paris Saint-Germain following his summer move from Serie A club Palermo.

The 22-year-old Argentina international moved to Ligue 1 in a reported €42 million (£36m) deal, and life in France has started brightly for Pastore, whose side lead the championship race.

Messi, who is currently on international duty along with 'El Flaco', hailed the ex-Palermo man and said moving to France was a good choice.

"Pastore was wanted by a number of big clubs, but Paris are building a great team now and Pastore has great qualities. I am sure he will progress at PSG," Messi told Canal Football Club.

"I think playing in France is difficult, but this will help him."

Argentina take on Colombia in a World Cup South America qualifying match on Tuesday night.

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