The topic was every Tuesday. It was clear that Lionel Messi would move to Paris. But Paris Saint-Germain has now made it official. Initially signed for two years.
The exciting transfer is perfect: six-time world footballer Lionel Messi (34) will move to French club Paris Saint-Germain for free. Paris Saint-Germain announced this Tuesday evening on their homepage. Messi was given a two-year contract with an option for an additional season. Messi’s father and manager Jorge had previously confirmed the deal.
Messi previously played for FC Barcelona for 21 years – including a few years as a youngster – but was eventually unable to agree on a contract extension with Barcelona. Messi will wear the number 30 in Paris.
Barcelona announced Messi’s farewell last Thursday, and the former club star said with tears “Goodbye” at a press conference held in Barcelona today, Sunday. The Argentine star won 35 titles with Barcelona and scored 672 goals in 778 official matches since his debut in October 2004.
Reportedly, Messi was willing to part with his salary at Barcelona. But the financially struggling prestigious club was not allowed to raise that salary either. The so-called financial fair play in the Spanish League did not leave room for a contract extension, Barcelona accumulated debts of nearly half a billion euros.
In Paris, Messi puts the crown on a group of stars. Neymar, the former teammate of Messi at Barcelona, the French star Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria and the Italian European champion Marco Verratti is already playing with Paris Saint-Germain.
In addition, Paris Saint-Germain has already acquired the services of Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, Spanish defense icon Sergio Ramos and Dutchman Georginio Wijnaldum for free in the current transfer period. Julian Draxler and Thilo Kahrer are also contracted to Paris Club.
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