fter an illustrious 21-year run at Camp Nou, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner has decided to continue his career at Parc des Princes.
Following his departure from Barcelona, Lionel Messi has officially joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.
Messi has agreed to a two-year contract at Parc des Princes, with the option of a third year, and will allegedly earn €35 million (£30 million/$41 million) per year in pay.
Last week, FC Barcelona shocked the football world by declaring that they could not afford to re-register the 34-year-old winner, and PSG has moved quickly to obtain his services.
So far, what has been said?
“I’m excited to begin a new chapter in my career in Paris,” Messi said on the PSG website. “The club’s mission and vision are perfectly aligned with my goals. I’m well aware of the players’ and staff’s abilities. I’m committed to work with them to create something special for the club and the supporters. I’m looking forward to walking onto the Parc des Princes pitch.”
“I am thrilled that Lionel Messi has chosen to join Paris Saint-Germain, and we are proud to welcome him and his family to Paris,” said club President Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
“He made no secret of his desire to continue to develop at the highest level and win trophies, and the club’s ambition is, of course, identical. The addition of Leo to our world-class team confirms the relevance and success of our recruitment, and I look forward to seeing our team make history for all of our fans around the world.”
Why did Messi decide to leave Barcelona?
Messi’s next move has been a major topic of debate since he submitted a transfer request at Camp Nou at the end of the 2019-20 season, with Manchester City, Inter, and Bayern Munich all linked with the Argentine, as well as a prospective move to Major League Soccer in the US.
Barcelona persuaded Messi to stay for another season, and after helping the club win the Copa del Rey under Ronald Koeman, he reconsidered his decision to end his 21-year career in Catalunya.
The Blaugrana had to postpone a formal announcement of a new deal for Messi, who opted to stay on their books for another five years after becoming a free agent on June 30 due to a well-documented financial difficulties.
However, because Barca had already over La Liga’s salary limitation, the renewal proposal had to be scrapped, leaving their talismanic captain with little choice but to proclaim his departure in an emotional last press conference.
What impact is Messi going to input into PSG?
PSG have signed a guy who will undoubtedly go down in history as the greatest player to ever play on the Camp Nou field, with his record of 672 goals in 778 games for Barcelona unlikely to be surpassed anytime soon.
After making his debut for the club as a 17-year-old in 2004, Messi went on to assist the Blaugrana win 34 trophies in total, including four Champions Leagues and ten La Liga crowns.
PSG may find the Argentine international’s enormous experience and unquenchable desire for significant trophies beneficial as they attempt to win domestic and European titles in 2021-22.
With Messi set to form a mouth-watering front three alongside ex-Barca teammate Neymar and World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe, head coach Mauricio Pochettino will be expected to grab the Ligue 1 championship back from Lille and carry the club all the way to European triumph in the Champions League.