Lionel Messi is confirmed to join the French club, Paris Saint-Germain after the captain of Argentina had an expired contract with Barcelona. Lionel Messi has entered into a contract until 2023 with the team from Ligue 1. The contract also has an option of extension until 2024, with a net yearly payout of around $41 million.
Lionel Messi expressed his excitement to start a new part of his life after he played a total of 17 seasons for the LaLiga giants. He mentioned that he matches the goals of the club and the competency of the staff of coaching as well as the talented squad. He is to be realigned with his former team-mate Neymar, the winger from Brazil, who also had a major role in getting PSG to bring Lionel Messi on board.
A formal press conference is scheduled on Wednesday by PSG to formally hold an introduction for Messi. Lionel is set to don the No. 30 for PSG, which also happened to be the number of his first shirt in Barcelona. Although Neymar had offered Messi the No.10, the magician had refused. Since shirt No.30 is kept in reservation for the goalkeepers under the rules of the league, PSG had to ask for authorization.
Lionel Messi On His Arrival In PSG
A record 3,00,000 fans were waiting for Lionel Messi for his arrival at the airport as well as the stadium. Fans also flocked outside his hotel where his family is staying. It is the very same hotel where Neymar had stayed after competition of his record transfer to PSG back in 2017.
Lionel Messi is the winner of the Ballon d’Or for 6 record times and is regarded as one of the best in the game, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo. However, unlike his rival Ronaldo, Messi has had his entire professional career playing for Barcelona. He joined the Barcelona youth team back in 2000, however, they could not retain the player due to financial constraints, and despite having a ready contract, and the agreement of both parties, the player could not be registered.