Lionel Messi set to join Paris Saint-Germain


French media reported earlier on Tuesday that he had reached an agreement with the Paris club. Reputable media outlet L’Equipe said on its website that the football superstar would sign a first two-year contract with the French giants.

Later on Tuesday Messi arrived in Paris and the club now has teased his arrival on their social networks with a short clip that briefly shows his Argentina jersey and the six Ballon d’Or that Messi has won throughout his career.
Neymar – who played with Messi at Barça and now a PSG star – wrote on Instagram in a story: “Back Together”.

Barcelona last won the Champions League in 2015 when Messi and Neymar played together and PSG hope that reuniting two of the world’s greatest players will help them win Europe’s best tournament for the first time.

Messi greets supporters from a window after landing in Paris on August 10, 2021.

Paris Saint-Germain said they made no comment when contacted earlier Tuesday by CNN.

Messi’s move to Paris puts an end to his historic 20-plus-year stay in Barcelona.

The Argentine, widely regarded as one of the best players of all time, has not signed a new contract with Barcelona.

Barcelona have said the club’s dire financial situation and La Liga Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations mean he cannot give Messi a new contract, although the two sides have come to an agreement.

The 34-year-old’s previous contract, which expired at the end of June, was revealed by Spanish newspaper El Mundo to be worth $ 672 million and made him the highest-paid athlete in the history of the sport.

Messi had expressed his desire to leave the Catalan club last year but decided to stay as he had no intention of challenging the club’s decision in court and dragging out litigation.

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In a tearful press conference on Sunday, the club’s all-time top scorer opened up about his Barcelona career in which he won numerous major collective and individual awards, including four Champions League titles and 10 titles in La Liga.

“I gave everything for this club for this jersey, from the first day of my arrival until the last,” he said.

“And the truth is, I’m more than satisfied. I wish I could have said goodbye in a different way. I never imagined my farewell that way.”

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