The Italy international, who has spent six years in the French capital, has also discussed his form and collective ambitions at Parc des Princes
Marco Verratti his approaching the end of his sixth season at Paris Saint-Germain, with the Italy international having experienced some weird and wonderful moments during his time in the French capital.
Having been snapped up from Pescara in the summer of 2012, the combative 25-year-old midfielder has been a constant throughout an era of domestic dominance at Parc des Princes.
His reputation and standing in the global game has risen throughout his time at PSG, with Verratti considered by many to be one of the finest exponents of his chosen position in world football.
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He is certainly held in the highest regard by those in Paris, although passionate supporters can take things to the extreme at times.
Revealing his oddest encounter with a loyal fan base, Verratti told Goal: “There was a fan outside my window at 4am, and he was screaming a lot. At first I thought there was something serious happening. It was during my first year in Paris. When I went to my window, he was begging down on his knees to take a picture with me…at 4 am! It was a little bit strange.”
Not all supporters go to those lengths, though, with many just happy to rub shoulders with their heroes in everyday life.
On his most touching moment, Verratti added: “I meet people of 50/55 years old in the street who are asking to take pictures. And then I see tears in their eyes. When a person of that age reacts like that, you know that football is not only a game like everybody says. It is something that can change your life. For example, when I lose a game I can be sad for three weeks. It’s a game, yes, but a tough one.”
Verratti has experienced how “tough” top-level football can be this season, with questions having been asked of his form before adductor surgery brought his campaign to a close.
He is, however, happy with his contribution in a campaign which has seen PSG reclaim the Ligue 1 title from Monaco, saying: “People on the outside think that it is easy to win Ligue 1 but we work very hard to win it. Besides, it’s not that easy because last year we didn’t. We were not champions because there was a stronger team. When I’m with the club, my coach, my team mates, I know what I am worth. The only thing that is missing is to win an important trophy.”
Verratti added on his personal efforts in a season which started with him picking up an untimely knock and included World Cup qualification heartache with Italy: “I had a complicated summer last year and it was hard for me. During pre-season I injured my knee, I couldn’t play any games. So when I played the Trophee des Champions, it was my first game of the season, with no real preparation after three months. I think that it was only a matter of injury, rhythm. When I started to play more, it was easier for me.”
Trophee des Champions success back in July offered PSG their first piece of silverware in 2017-18, with the Coupe de la Ligue, Ligue 1 title and Coupe de France added to their haul since then.
Four trophies in a single season could be considered a resounding success, but further Champions League failings – following a last-16 defeat to Real Madrid – have clouded PSG’s achievements in the eyes of some critics.
Verratti, though, remains confident that European glory will be secured at some stage, adding: “We know how difficult it is to win Ligue 1, a League Cup and a French Cup. People might think it is easy for us because the club bought very good players. Us, as players, and our fans will remember this period when we win a lot all together. Of course we also want to win a European title, it’s a step of a ladder that we will climb, one day. This season, at any rate, has not been bad at all to me.”