Marco Verratti: ‘I always give my all for the club’

The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder looks back on his time in Rouge et Bleu to date and his tenth season in Paris for PSGTV.

Marco, you have won eight league titles with  Paris Saint-Germain, that’s a record in French football, how does it feel to be leaving your mark here? 
“I could never have imagined it. When you start playing football, you dream of winning titles at the top level. Lots of players have played for the Ligue 1 title, but some will never win it. I have won eight now, and all of them have been incredible, from the first to the last. It’s something that will remain at the very centre of my heart, it’s very difficult to win it. When you are a footballer, you dream of that, and I couldn’t be happier.” 
What do you make of your progress within the club?
“I have been here for 10 years. I have always given my all for the club. Sometimes things go well, other times less well. But I always give my all for the club. It’s a club that has taught me a lot and given me so much too. And that’s why I will always respect the club. I have made my passion my job here. I will always be grateful to Paris Saint-Germain.”
Do you remember the first title that you won here?
“I think that the first title wasn’t easy to win. We battled in every match to win the three points. I can’t remember matches where we won by 4 or 5 goals. There were also grounds where it is more difficult to play, like Bastia and Ajaccio, they are both very tough grounds to play at and win at! We needed to play and win, sometimes not in style, but we needed to take the points. We were a strong team, even though we weren’t spectacular, but we always gave our  all.”
Do you have a strongest memory, one that sticks with you more than the others?
“I remember that the celebration of the first title was incredible, in the streets of Paris. People were crazy around us! I hadn’t experienced that before then, it was my first trophy and it is always obviously slightly different. They aren’t necessarily more important, but they are the ones that stay with you forever.” 
To finish, how did you rate this season? 
“There were lots of special moments this season. From the outside, people often think that it’s easy for us because we are Paris Saint-Germain, that matches are won in advance.  But we always work hard to ensure we win. I could never forget the match against Lens, because we took home the title. When you see the number of players that have won this trophy, and the number of players who would like to win it. It’s really something special. »