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BREAKING: Lionel Messi Joins PSG After Barcelona Exit, Agrees Two-Year Deal

Oluwaseye Ogunsanya August 10, 2021 15

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Following his failure to reach an agreement on a new deal with Barcelona after a meeting last Thursday, Lionel Messi has finally reached an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain as a free agent.

The former FC Barcelona skipper at Sunday press conference, confirmed a move to PSG as a “possibility”.

According to SkySports, Messi’s contract with PSG will keep him at the French club until June 2023, with the option of extending the contract until 2024.

Messi will receive €25m net per season as guaranteed salary plus add-ons, with his potential total salary around €35m per season.

The French club has confirmed his move in a video on their Twitter handle on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old was accompanied by his wife and three children.

Present at the signing also was his father Jorge, who is also his representative.

PSG have spent the last few days trying to finalise an agreement to sign Messi following his departure from Barcelona, the club he has represented for the entirety of his 17-year professional career so far.

In reality, with Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City having ruled themselves out, PSG became the only club that could afford a deal worth 35 million euros ($41 million) a year.

The Argentine skipper leaves Barcelona with 672 goals in 778 appearances, a record tally for one club.

He won 35 trophies at the Camp Nou after joining Barca aged 13, but his last appearance was a damp squib: a 2-1 home defeat behind closed doors against Celta Vigo in May.

His trophy haul includes four Champions League and 10 La Liga titles.

Messi’s arrival would make PSG even more obvious favourites to reclaim a French title they failed to win last season, missing it to Lille.

This summer, PSG have already added veteran Spanish defender Sergio Ramos from Real Madrid and Italy’s Donnarumma, the star of Euro 2020.

They have also signed Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, snatching the Dutchman from under the noses of Barcelona, and spent 60 million euros on Inter Milan right-back Achraf Hakimi, who scored on his PSG league debut at the weekend.

There is a possibility that Messi could be unveiled to supporters on Saturday, when PSG host Strasbourg and a full house of nearly 48,000 will be allowed in for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic struck 18 months ago.

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