Di Maria hopeful of Messi arrival

Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria admits he would love to play alongside Lionel Messi at club level and is confident the Ligue 1 side can lure the star to France.

Speculation surrounding Messi's future continues to mount despite both Barcelona and the player himself insisting no move is on the cards.

The Catalans currently boast one of the most fearsome attacking forces on the planet, with Messi playing alongside Neymar and Luis Suarez, and, with everyone seemingly happy, it is unlikely that any of the three will look to leave.

However, that hasn't stunted speculation, or Di Maria's hopefulness, that Messi may one day ply his trade in Ligue 1 with PSG.

"I hope PSG can bring Messi to Paris one day," the former Real Madrid man told Sky Sports. "Everything is possible. It is all about money. It would take a lot of money to sign a player like him.

"But it would be great for Ligue 1 and French football in general if Messi joined PSG. The club has the resources to sign him and he could come to Paris."

The Argentine forward is also confident his compatriot will claim his fifth Ballon d'Or ahead of Neymar and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo at the awards ceremony next month.

"Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar all scored a lot of goals and had spectacular years," he added. "But the Champions League often plays a big role in who wins it and Barcelona won that competition.

"That's why I think Messi has the best chance. He won the treble and has a good chance. Cristiano Ronaldo also had a good season. But it is not as much as other favorites."