Lionel Messi joins Paris Saint-Germain on a 2-year contract
Lionel Messi left Barcelona last week, ending his 21-yer-long career at Camp Nou. Meanwhile, he has signed for Paris Saint-Germain on a two-year contract, with an option to extend a year.
Argentine superstar Lionel Messi has joined French giant Paris Saint-Germain on a two-year contract, the club announced on Tuesday. He also has an option to extend the contract to his third year. He would be wearing the number 30 jersey at the French capital, also his number at his former club Barcelona.
“I am impatient to start a new chapter of my career in Paris. The Club and its vision are in perfect harmony with my ambitions. I know how talented the players and staff are here. I am determined to build, alongside them, something great for the Club and for the fans. I can’t wait to set foot on the Parc des Princes lawn,” he said in a statement to PSG.
Messi landed in Paris on Tuesday, as fans greeted him at the airport. The fans also gathered near the Parc des Princes and a luxurious hotel in the city, cheering for the Argentine legend. The Argentine greeted the fans before travelling to the venue to get his medical done.
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Earlier, Messi’s father Jorge had stated that the Argentine’s move to PSG was inevitable. PSG had always insisted on having Messi in a bid to reunite him with his former teammate Neymar, while the former would now play alongside his old Real Madrid rival Sergio Ramos.
Messi is expected to be unveiled on Saturday in front of around 48,000 fans at Parc des Princes. However, it is unlikely that he would make his debut until late this month.
Messi parted ways with Barcelona last week after the club failed to register him owing to the economic structural changes introduced by La Liga. Despite Messi’s willingness to take a 50% pay cut, the club’s debt of around €1.2 billion has compelled it to sell its star player.
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