Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 3:42 PM• Dominic Mostert • Last update: 15:51

The bullet is through the church: Lionel Messi is a player of Paris Saint-Germain. The Ligue 1 superpower officially announces the arrival of the six-time World Footballer of the Year via a video on Twitter. Messi comes transfer-free from Barcelona, ​​which was unable to extend his expiring contract due to financial problems. On Sunday, Messi said goodbye to the club during an emotional press conference, where he became a world star.

For Messi, his tenure at Barcelona is coming to an end after 17 years. In March of this year, with his 768th appearance for the club, he went down in the books as the club’s most appearances of all time. With that, Messi broke the record of his former teammate Xavi, who played for Barca between 1998 and 2015. Messi has been Barcelona’s all-time top scorer since 2012. In total, he stranded on 672 goals and 305 assists in a club context.

Messi burst into tears on Sunday as he stepped onto the podium. “Good morning, I’m not sure I’m able to talk,” Messi began when he appeared at the press conference. “Over the past few days, I’ve been thinking a lot about what to say. It’s hard after so many years, I’ve been here all my life. I’m not ready yet. Last year I was ready to leave. But now we were convinced that we would stay at home, we wanted that more than anything.” The Argentine said he hopes he can return “in some way”.

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If the medical examination does not pose any problems, Messi will sign a two-year contract with an option for another season. Transfer expert Romano reports that the Argentinian will earn an annual salary of 34 million euros. Messi was already expected by various French media in Paris on Monday for the medical examination. Hundreds of supporters were waiting for the Argentinian at the airport. The flight from Barcelona to Paris took place on Tuesday. A flight radar that was viewed live by 70,000 people.

Messi is PSG’s fifth major summer signing after Gianluigi Donnarumma, Achraf Hakimi, Georginio Wijnaldum and Sergio Ramos. Les Parisiens hours after it became known that Barcelona could no longer tie Messi to him, they already made contact and negotiations between the two sides intensified in the days that followed. Messi said goodbye to Barcelona during a press conference at the Camp Nou on Sunday and denied an agreement with PSG at the time, but is now making the switch to Paris after 21 years in Catalonia.


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