Argentine star Lionel Messi has joined Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), two days after he confirmed his exit from Barcelona.
The 34-year-old La Albiceleste skipper signed a two-year deal, the membership stated on Tuesday. Messi has an choice of extending his take care of the French outfit.
“I am excited to begin a new chapter of my career at Paris Saint-Germain,” stated Messi in an announcement on the membership’s web site.
Messi will put on the quantity 30 as revealed in a video by the membership, the quantity he had when he started his skilled profession at Barcelona between 2004-2006.
“I am delighted that Lionel Messi has chosen to join Paris Saint-Germain and we are proud to welcome him and his family to Paris. He has made no secret of his desire to continue competing at the very highest level and winning trophies, and naturally our ambition as a club is to do the same,” Chairman and CEO of Paris Saint-Germain, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, stated.
“The addition of Leo to our world class squad continues a very strategic and successful transfer window for the club. Led by our outstanding coach and his staff, I look forward to the team making history together for our fans all around the world.”
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The Abiceleste skipper was anticipated to pen a five-year contract extension with Barcelona after the expiration of his deal. But on Thursday, the Spanish facet stated Messi shall be leaving the membership he joined at 13, citing “financial and structural obstacles.”
“As a result of this situation, Messi shall not be staying on at FC Barcelona,” the membership defined whereas thanking the participant for his providers to the staff.
“Both parties deeply regret that the wishes of the player and the club will ultimately not be fulfilled.”
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Messi confirmed his exit from Barcelona in a tearful press convention on Sunday.
“After 21 years I am leaving with my three Catalan Argentine children,” stated Messi, who received 10 league titles with the membership.
“I gave all the things for this membership from the primary day that I arrived proper to the final. I by no means imagined having to say goodbye.
“In current days I’ve given plenty of thought to what I can say and reality to inform I can’t consider something.
“This is really difficult for me after so many years spent here — my entire life. I’m not ready for this,” he informed a packed convention on the membership as 1000’s of followers milled outdoors.