Lionel Messi finalized the settlement on his Paris Saint-Germain contract and arrived within the French capital on Tuesday to finish the transfer that confirms the tip of a careerlong affiliation with Barcelona.
Dozens of PSG followers gathered at Le Bourget Airport in Paris to welcome Messi, who was sporting a T-shirt that includes “Ici c’est Paris” — “Right here is Paris.”
The 34-year-old Argentina star has agreed a two-year take care of the choice for an additional season, an individual with information of the negotiations informed The Related Press. The individual spoke on situation of anonymity to debate the contract forward of it being signed and the official announcement. Messi is ready to earn round 35 million euros ($41 million) web yearly, the individual stated.
Messi’s father and agent, Jorge, additionally confirmed his son was shifting to PSG in a short alternate with reporters at Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport on Tuesday.
On the similar airport, Messi was later seen arriving along with his spouse and three kids earlier than boarding a personal jet.
“With all of it, towards a brand new journey. The 5 collectively,” Antonela Roccuzzo stated on Instagram alongside a photograph along with her husband on the aircraft.
PSG supporters have seen their membership remodeled during the last decade for the reason that inflow of Qatari sovereign wealth funding linked to the emir. As soon as Messi’s Barcelona contract expired — and the Catalan membership was unable to afford to maintain him — PSG was one of many few golf equipment that might finance a deal to signal the six-time world participant of the yr.
Messi’s arrival offers PSG formidable attacking choices as he hyperlinks up with France World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe and Brazil ahead Neymar.
“Again collectively,” Neymar posted on Instagram over a video of them hugging, enjoying for Barcelona.
Whereas PSG needed to pay 222 million euros (then $261 million) to signal Neymar from Barcelona in 2017, there was no switch price for Messi.
Messi turned probably the most desired free agent in soccer historical past after his makes an attempt to remain at Barcelona have been rejected final week by the Spanish league as a result of the wage wouldn’t adjust to monetary laws, with the Catalan membership burdened by money owed of greater than 1.2 billion euros ($1.4 billion).
PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino rapidly made contact along with his fellow Argentine after Barcelona introduced final Thursday that Messi can be leaving the membership he joined as a 13-year-old.
Messi gained each main honor with Barcelona and was granted a tearful exit information convention on Sunday to sign the tip of an period. Solely Cristiano Ronaldo within the present period challenges Messi’s standing as an all-time nice.
PSG can be hoping not solely that Messi helps the staff regain the French title it misplaced to Lille final season, however lastly win the Champions League.
If Pochettino makes use of a 4-3-3 formation, the entrance three might see Messi deployed on the suitable with Neymar on the left and Mbappe between them as the middle ahead.
The quandary for Pochettino can be how you can use Angel Di Maria, whose purpose sealed the Copa America title final month, and one other Argentine attacker — Mauro Icardi. It is a tactical problem most coaches would relish, with a 4-2-3-1 or 3-5-2 additionally within the combine to accommodate the attacking abilities obtainable.
What needs to be much less demanding is PSG complying with UEFA’s Monetary Honest Play. Some flexibility has been supplied within the guidelines because of the pandemic and modifications are because of the system that have been designed to stem losses. It’s PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi who, as chairman of the European Membership Affiliation and a member of UEFA’s govt committee, is concerned within the strategy of discussing a wider replace to FFP that might permit extra unchecked spending once more.