Paris Saint-Germain has officially unveiled Lionel Messi after signing the Argentine
on a free transfer.
Messi flew in from Barcelona and was greeted by a PSG tweet that confirmed he was
joining and welcomed a “new diamond in Paris”. The 34-year-old waved to crowds of
celebrating fans from a window at Le Bourget airport, north of the capital. He had
boarded the plane in one T-shirt and emerged at the window in another, with the
club’s trademark “Ici c’est Paris” on the front.
Messi, his lawyers, and his father, Jorge, had been in talks with PSG since Thursday
when the player’s plan to stay at Barcelona collapsed because of the club’s financial
situation. Messi had agreed on a five-year contract with Barcelona worth about €20m
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner has been a free agent since the start of July and had
agreed fresh terms to remain at Camp Nou, though the Catalan club pulled the plug
at the eleventh hour citing La Liga’s salary limit as the issue.
Messi wasted no time in finding a new club and has now signed a two-year contract –
with the option of a third – to play for the big-spending French giants.
He told the PSG website: “I am impatient to start a new chapter of my career in Paris.
“I know how talented the players and staff are here.
“I am determined to build, something great for the club and for the fans.
“Just can’t wait to set foot on the Parc des Princes pitch.”
PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi added: “I am delighted that Lionel Messi has chosen
“The addition of Leo to our world-class team confirms the relevance and success of