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.
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.
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.
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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