Argentina striker Lionel Messi has signed a two-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain, with the option of a third year, the French club said on Tuesday. Messi left Barcelona after 21 years last week.
Argentina striker Lionel Messi has signed a two-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain, with the option of a third year, the French club said on Tuesday. Messi left Barcelona after 21 years last week. Messi, 34, will wear the number 30, which he wore when he first started his professional career at Barcelona and will be presented by PSG during an 11:00 a.m. (0900 GMT) news conference on Wednesday.
In a statement on the club’s website, he said, “I am thrilled to begin a new chapter of my career with Paris Saint-Germain.”
“Everything about the club matches my football objectives,” Messi continued after being greeted as a hero by PSG supporters when he landed in Paris on Tuesday.
“I’m well aware of the squad’s and coaching staff’s abilities.
“I’m motivated to contribute to the creation of something unique for the club and the supporters, and I’m excited to take the field at the Parc des Princes.”
Messi arrived at Le Bourget airport in the north of Paris on Tuesday afternoon as a free agent after his unexpected exit from childhood club Barcelona last week.
There, he was met by hundreds of PSG fans who had assembled in the hopes of seeing their new acquisition.
Fans gathered outside the club’s home at Parc des Princes and outside a posh hotel in the city where Messi, his wife Antonella, and their three children are scheduled to stay.
On his arrival at the airport, Messi waved to the spectators while wearing a Paris t-shirt before being taken for his medical.
As he arrived at Barcelona’s El Prat airport to take a trip to France, Messi’s father Jorge, who is also his agent, confirmed the obvious.
When reporters asked if his kid will join the French club, he said, “Yes.”
The completion of his transfer brings to a close a hectic few days that began with his declaration last Thursday that he would quit Barcelona, the club with which he has spent his entire 17-year professional career.
PSG’s pursuit of Messi has been a well-kept secret for days, despite rumors in Spain on Monday night claiming that Barcelona had made a “last offer” to keep the star.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner will instead join a PSG assault that already includes Neymar.
Qatar-backed PSG sees Messi as the missing piece in their puzzle as they pursue the Champions League, their most coveted prize.
“Back together,” tweeted Neymar, who played alongside Messi at Barcelona before joining PSG in 2017.