Lionel Messi has officially joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer following his departure from Barcelona. So, we bring you news of a breaking football transfer – PSG sign Messi as their number 30!
(Fun fact – the number 30 jersey has hitherto only applied to goalkeepers in Ligue 1 but Messi is an exception. The player wanted number 30 because that was his first number at Barcelona when he made his debut in 2003.)
BREAKING FOOTBALL TRANSFER – PSG Sign Messi!
Messi has committed to a two-season deal at Parc des Princes with the option of an extra third year there.
He will reportedly earn €35 million (£30m/$41m) per annum in wages with the French giants.
Messi has opted to continue his career at Parc des Princes after an illustrious 21-year spell at Camp Nou.
Barca sent shockwaves across the football world when they said they couldn’t afford to re-register the 34-year-old winner last week.
Then came the football news that the six-time Ballon d’Or winner was sadly leaving the Catalan club.
After this, in fresh transfer news football, PSG moved quickly to secure the services of the six-time Ballon d’Or winner.
What Did Messi Say?
Former Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has spoken publicly as a Paris Saint-Germain player for the first time earlier this morning.
“I am happy,” Messi said at the press conference, RMC Sport reports in football today.
“Everyone knows it was difficult to leave Barca but I am very happy at PSG now,” he continued.
“I’m looking forward to starting a new chapter in my career in Paris. The club and his vision are a perfect match for my ambitions. I’m determined to build something great for the club and the fans. I can’t wait to step onto the pitch at the Parc des Princes,” he added.
The Argentine has signed a 2-year contract with an option to extend. He will wear the number 30 shirt.
Lionel Messi has also spoken to the Barcelona fans following his PSG move: “Before I left, I had told the Barça fans that I would always be grateful for their love. They knew I would sign with a strong club. I am a winner.
“PSG and I have the same goals,” he then went on.
“I don’t know if I will ever play against Barça,” he said about facing his former club on the pitch.
“On the one hand, it would be great, but on the other – playing at home in a different shirt would be strange,” Messi told the press, and we found it sweet that Barcelona and Camp Nou still remain ‘home’ for the star.