Messi joins PSG on two-year deal after dumping Barcelona

Written by on August 11, 2021

Lionel Messi has signed a two-year contract with Paris St-Germain after leaving Barcelona.

The 34-year-old’s deal also has the option of a third year. Messi left Barca, the only club he has played for, as they were unable to afford a new deal under La Liga’s financial fair play rules.

Considered one of the greatest players of all time, Messi scored a record 672 goals in 778 games for Barca, the club he joined as a 13-year-old. The striker has won the Ballon d’Or a record six times and lifted 35 trophies with the Catalan club.

He becomes PSG’s fourth free-transfer signing this summer after the arrivals of Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, Spain defender Sergio Ramos and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Highly rated Morocco right-back Achraf Hakimi also joined from Inter Milan. Messi, who will wear the number 30 shirt, will play in a front three alongside the two most expensive players of all time; Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

A PSG news conference will take place in the auditorium of the Parc des Princes later today and Messi could make his PSG debut at home to Strasbourg on Saturday.

Credit: BBC

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