Lionel Messi has been officially announced by Paris Saint Germain following his departure from Barcelona, hereby putting his 21-year stay at the Catalonia club to an end.
Following the Argentine’s agreement to sign for the French giants, he penned down a two-year deal with the option of an additional year and will reportedly earn a whopping amount of €35 million (£30 million) on yearly basis.
Paris Saint Germain released a one minute 57 seconds video to announce the signing of the highly rated six time ballon d’or winner as seen in the video below.
The addition of Lionel Messi to the already star-studded Paris Saint Germain team comes with a lot of expectations as the Ligue one giants are looking to clinch their first UEFA Champions League title, following a couple of disappointments in the past.
Paris Saint Germain were eliminated in the semi final of the UEFA Champions League by Manchester City in the just concluded 2020/2021 season following their defeat in the final by Bayern Munich prior the 2020/2021 season.
However, with the addition of four time UEFA Champions League winner Lionel Messi, Paris Saint Germain hopes they finally get their hands on the trophy they so much crave.
Following Lionel Messi’s official confirmation, the Argentine explained his enthusiasm to join the club and claims that he is ecstatic to join and he (Messi) can’t wait to start.
He said to PSG’s website, “I am impatient to start a new chapter of my career in Paris.
“The club and its vision are in perfect harmony with my ambitions. I know how talented the players and staff are here. I am determined to build, alongside them, something great for the club and for the fans. I can’t wait to set foot on the Parc des Princes pitch.”
Paris Saint Germain’s club president Nasser Al-Khelafi took his time to show his ecstaticism following the official announcement of Lionel Messi on a free basis from Barcelona.
“I am delighted that Lionel Messi has chosen to join Paris Saint-Germain and we are proud to welcome him to Paris, with his family,” claims club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
“He did not hide his desire to continue to evolve at the highest level and to win trophies. The ambition of the club is of course identical. The addition of Leo to our world-class team confirms the relevance and success of our recruitment. Together with our great coach and his staff, I look forward to seeing our team make history for all of our supporters around the world.”
Paris Saint Germain’s Coach Mauricio Pochetino has a lot of options upfront in the squad with players like Neymar Jr, Kylian Mbappé, Mauro Icardi, Angel Di Maria and the newly signed Lionel Messi. It remains to be seen how Mauricio Pochetino fits in with all the players.