Messi indicators with PSG, will put on No. 30

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Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed the signing of Lionel Messi after the Argentina captain left Barcelona on a free switch.

Messi has signed a two-year contract with the Ligue 1 aspect, with the choice of extending for an extra 12 months.

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PSG will maintain a information convention on Wednesday at 11 a.m. CEST (5 a.m. ET) to formally introduce Messi. He arrived to the French capital on Tuesday by way of personal airplane the place he accomplished his medical examination and visited Parc des Princes stadium.

Messi will put on No. 30 with PSG, which was his first quantity at Barcelona. Neymar, who’ll now reunite together with his ex-Barca teammate, had supplied the No. 10 however Messi refused. PSG requested for authorisation as No. 30 is reserved for goalkeepers beneath league guidelines and was worn by Alexandre Letellier.

Lots of of PSG followers waited for Messi’s arrival on the Bourget airport and at Parc des Princes, as effectively at Lodge Le Royal Monceau, the place the participant and household are staying. The resort is similar location Neymar stayed when he accomplished his world-record €222m transfer to PSG in 2017.

Messi, a six-time Ballon d’Or-winner, had spent his whole profession with the Catalan membership, having joined their youth group in 2000, however Barcelona introduced he wouldn’t be staying after they have been unable to register his new contract as a consequence of monetary constraints. His earlier take care of the membership expired on June 30.

He held a tearful, farewell news conference on Sunday as soon as his Barca exit had been confirmed.

Messi, 34, had agreed to a brand new five-year contract with Barca, however that might have meant the membership’s wage invoice stood at 110% of their income. Their spending cap with LaLiga has dropped from over €600 million in 2019-20 to an anticipated €200m for the approaching season, making it not possible to register Messi’s new deal, even with a pay minimize. His earlier phrases included a base wage of round €70m gross with out bonuses.

Messi had instructed Sunday’s information convention that he had needed to stay at Barca and had agreed to a 50% wage minimize, however the membership couldn’t register him due to their failure to dump different gamers in time and scale back their excessive wage invoice. He stated he had acquired a number of calls from golf equipment for the reason that information broke that he wouldn’t proceed his 21-year affiliation with Barca.

Messi scored a report 672 targets in 778 appearances for Barca, successful 10 LaLiga titles, the Copa del Rey seven occasions, the UEFA Tremendous Cup and FIFA Club World Cup thrice apiece and the Champions League on 4 events.

In July, he additionally received his first main worldwide honour as he helped Argentina win the Copa America.

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