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 possibility of extending his cope with the French outfit.
“I am excited to begin a new chapter of my career at Paris Saint-Germain,” stated Messi in a press release 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.
“Everything about the club matches my football ambitions,” Messi, who was given a hero’s welcome by the PSG followers when he arrived within the French capital, added.
“I know how talented the squad and the coaching staff are here. I am determined to help build something special for the club and the fans, and I am looking forward to stepping out onto the pitch at the Parc des Princes.”
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Messi, who was a free agent after his shock departure from boyhood membership Barcelona final week, landed at Le Bourget airport to the north of Paris on Tuesday afternoon.
There he was greeted by a whole lot of PSG supporters who had gathered hoping to catch a glimpse of their new signing.
Those followers additionally gathered exterior the membership’s Parc des Princes house and close to an opulent lodge within the metropolis the place Messi together with spouse Antonella and their three kids are anticipated to be staying.
Messi waved to crowds whereas sporting a Paris t-shirt on his arrival on the airport earlier than being taken for his medical.
“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.”
Messi’s father Jorge, who can be his agent, had earlier confirmed the inevitable as he arrived at Barcelona’s El Prat airport to board a flight to France.
Asked by reporters if his son would signal for the French membership, he replied: “Yes”.
The completion of his transfer closes a whirlwind few days following the announcement final Thursday that he would go away Barcelona, the membership he has represented for the whole thing of his 17-year skilled profession.
PSG’s transfer for Messi had been an open secret for days, though studies in Spain on Monday night time talked of a “final offer” by Barcelona to attempt to hold the participant.
Instead, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner will be part of a PSG assault already that includes Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
Qatar-backed PSG see Messi because the lacking piece of their jigsaw as they chase the Champions League, the trophy they need greater than the rest.
“Back together,” Neymar, who performed with Messi at Barcelona earlier than shifting to PSG in 2017, posted on Twitter.
‘Coming to terms’
Barcelona are nonetheless coming to phrases with the departure of their biggest ever participant, who stated goodbye to his membership of twenty years at a tearful information convention on Sunday.
Despite providing to chop his wage by half to seal a brand new five-year contract with the Catalans, the deal foundered on Spanish league wage cap guidelines.
Barcelona, carrying money owed of 1.2 billion euros ($1.41 billion), are unable to register new signings due to their monetary predicament.
With Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City having dominated themselves out, PSG have been about the one membership who might afford what is anticipated to be a deal price 35 million euros ($41 million) a yr.
He leaves Barcelona with 672 targets in 778 appearances, a report tally for one membership.
Messi gained 35 trophies on the Camp Nou after becoming a member of Barca aged 13, however his final look was a humid squib: a 2-1 house defeat behind closed doorways in opposition to Celta Vigo in May.
His trophy haul contains 4 Champions Leagues and 10 La Liga titles.
“It will be difficult to see him in another shirt than that of Barca,” Messi’s outdated Barcelona team-mate Andres Iniesta, now taking part in in Japan, informed AFP in an interview on Tuesday.
“As a player he just transcended everything. I’ve not seen a player like him — and I don’t think I ever will. You look at what he did and for so long…”
Messi might be unveiled to supporters on Saturday, when PSG host Strasbourg and a full home of almost 48,000 will probably be allowed in for the primary time for the reason that coronavirus pandemic struck 18 months in the past.
However he’s unlikely to make his debut till later this month on the earliest.