Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain is all but done.
Days after Barcelona announced that they are in no position to renew the 34-year-old’s contract due to the club’s financial situation and the regulations of La Liga’s Financial Fair Play policy, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner is set to sign for PSG.
Indeed, L’Equipe claims that the former Barcelona captain has reached ‘total agreement’ with the Ligue 1 giants. Messi is expected to pen a two-year contract with the Parisian outfit, with an option of an additional year as well, with his net salary expected to be around €35 million.
The report further adds that Messi will be arriving in Paris today afternoon to complete his medical and other formalities, before being unveiled at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday night.
Messi to PSG: All systems go
It has been a difficult week for Barcelona supporters, with plenty still processing the fact that the greatest player to have ever graced the pitch at Camp Nou will no longer be at the club. Seeing him in a PSG jersey will be that much harder.
Nonetheless, all seems set for the 34-year-old to kickstart a new chapter in his illustrious career. Indeed, Messi’s father, Jorge Messi has confirmed that the deal is done.
When asked by La Sexta journalist Maria Garridos at the Barcelona airport if his son was signing for PSG, Jorge Messi said: “Yes”. The journalist further quizzed as to who was responsible for the 34-year-old’s exit, he wryly responded: “Find out at the club.”
Four years ago, when PSG had signed Neymar from Barcelona in a world-record transfer, they had booked the Eiffel Tower to announce his signing. And it is being claimed by various media outlets that Les Parisiens plan to do the same again for Messi, having already reserved the Eiffel Tower for today, August 10.
Further details reveal that the 2021 Copa America winner was offered the No. 10 jersey by close friend Neymar. However, Messi has refused to take it and will instead be donning the No. 30 shirt that he wore in the early days of his Barcelona career.