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Lionel Messi signs a 2-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain after leaving Barcelona

Only two days earlier, Lionel Messi cried as he bid farewell to his boyhood team, describing his feelings as he had to leave like “a bucket of cold water was poured over me”.

The 35-year-old, however, joined a star-studded Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday after leaving Barcelona. Mays signed a two-year contract with an option for a third season.

“I am excited to start a new chapter in my career at Paris Saint-Germain,” PSG was quoted as saying by Messi.

“Everything about the club matches my football ambitions. I know how talented the team and coaching staff are. I’m determined to help create something special for the club and the fans, and I step onto the pitch.” Looking forward to keeping the Parc des Princes,” he said.

The arrival of Barcelona’s record scorer with 672 goals will boost Qatari-owned PSG’s ambition to win the coveted and lucrative European Champions League for the first time ever.

“They have made no secret of their desire to continue competing at the highest level and win trophies, and naturally our ambition as a club is to do the same,” said PSG president Nasser Al-Khelai.

PSG wasted little time targeting Messi when the heavily indebted Catalan club made it clear they could not afford to keep him due to La Liga’s financially fair play rules.

Supporters thronged the club’s Parc des Princes stadium, shouting slogans and blowing smoke.

It is symbolic that Messi will wear the number 30 jersey – the same number he wore in his first two seasons with Barcelona before moving to number 19 and then the prized number 10, which Neymar gets to keep at PSG.

Messi arrived in Paris with his wife and three children on a private jet earlier in the day, shook hands and greeted hundreds of supporters gathered outside the airport before leaving for medical treatment at a private hospital. He later greeted the dozens of fans who had gathered under the balcony of his hotel room.

Neymar and Mbappe were already the two most expensive football players in history, and Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG line-up could rival the unstoppable trio formed in Barcelona with Neymar and Luis Suarez in addition to Messi.

Messi, who has won four Champions League titles and 10 domestic league titles with Barcelona, ​​joins several other big names arriving at PSG on a free transfer this summer.

Spain defender Sergio Ramos was no longer at Real Madrid, Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum terminated his contract with Liverpool and Italy’s Euro 2020 winning goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma also joined after his contract with AC Milan expired.

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