Lionel Messi joins PSG on two year contract after leaving Barcelona
Following his departure from FC Barcelona, Lionel Messi has signed a two-year contract with French powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain. Messi, the 34-year-old Argentine star who just bid an emotional farewell to Nou Camp, where he spent 21 years of his life, has the option of extending his contract for a third year. Messi’s financial conditions have not been revealed in full, although it is expected that he will return to Barcelona.
On Tuesday, in a statement, Lionel Messi said, “I am excited to begin a new chapter of my career at Paris Saint-Germain. Everything about the club matches my football ambitions.” “I know how talented the squad and the coaching staff are here. I am determined to help build something special for the club and the fans, and I am looking forward to stepping out onto the pitch at the Parc des Princes,” he further added.
PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi was ecstatic to welcome Messi to the club: “I am ecstatic that Lionel Messi has decided to join Paris St-Germain, and we are happy to welcome him and his family to Paris.”
Messi joins PSG as the club’s fourth free agent this summer, following Gianluigi Donnarumma of Italy, Georginio Wijnaldum of the Netherlands, and Sergio Ramos of Spain. Messi will be joined by Neymar of Brazil and Kylian Mbappe of France to form a fearsome forward threat for the club.
Last year, Messi announced his intention to leave Barcelona, but said in an emotional press conference that things had changed in the last year and that he was eager to stay with the club. However, due to the Catalan club’s financial difficulties, Barcelona had no choice but to let Messi go, despite the 34-year-old agreeing to a 50% reduction in his fee.
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