Lionel Messi Signs To Paris Saint-Germain On Two-Year Contract
Lionel Messi Signs Two-Year Deal To Play for French Giants Paris Saint-Germain – Lionel Messi, an Argentine footballer, signed a contract with Paris Saint-German on Tuesday that will keep him there until at least 2023.
PSG confirmed on Twitter that his contract includes a one-year extension option. He’ll be wearing the number 30.
“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,” Messi said in a statement.
“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 added.
Le Paris Saint-Germain est très heureux d’annoncer la signature de Leo Messi pour un contrat de deux ans, avec une année supplémentaire en option.
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) August 10, 2021
Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Chairman and CEO of Paris Saint-Germain said he is “delighted that Lionel Messi has chosen to join Paris Saint-Germain and we are proud to welcome him and his family to Paris.”
“The addition of Leo to our world-class squad continues a very strategic and successful transfer window for the club,” he went on.
‘Here, is Paris’
Messi and his family arrived in Paris at 15:30 local time, wearing a shirt emblazoned with the club’s slogan “Ici, c’est Paris” (Here is Paris).
At the same time, the club posted a 13-second video on social media filled with references to the player including his six Ballon d’Or awards and the Argentinian flag.
Another post shows the six Ballon d’Or in front of the Eiffel Tower with an hourglass for caption.
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) August 10, 2021
The club has announced that Messi will be presented to the press on Wednesday at 11 am local time in the Parc des Princes auditorium.
The 34-year-old Argentinian superstar announced last week that he wouldleave FC Barcelona after more than two decades with the Catalan club.
After his contract with Barcelona expired, Messi became the most sought-after free agent in football history. The Catalan club had hoped to keep Messi when he agreed to a pay cut, but it would have failed to meet the financial criteria of the Spanish league.
PSG is one of the few clubs in the world that could afford to recruit Messi, having been funded for a decade by Qatari sovereign wealth.
A person with knowledge of the contract told the Associated Press that he signed a two-year deal with the option for a further season. Messi is set to earn around €35 million net annually, the person said.
The footballer will join Brazil’s Neymar, who previously played for Barcelona, and French forward Kylian Mbappé.
PSG previously paid €222 million to sign Neymar from Barcelona in 2017, there was no transfer fee for Messi.
Neymar took to Instagram to express his delight with his new teammate, posting a picture of them in his story with the caption: “Back together”.
Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma described Messi in an interview with Sky Italia on Tuesday as “the strongest player in the world.”
“I am moved and happy at the idea of having him in our team,” he added.
Messi has won six Ballon d’Or titles in a sign of his status as one of the greatest players of all time.