Lionel Messi completes move to Paris Saint-Germain, to wear number 30

Lionel Messi has completed his free transfer to Paris Saint-Germain following the expiration of his contract at Barcelona.

It is understood Messi, 34, will be paid a sign-on fee of €25 million and has signed a two-year contract with a net salary of €25 million per year.

The deal includes an option of a third year at the same rate. He will wear the No. 30 shirt, the first number he wore at Barcelona.

Messi said on Tuesday: “I am excited to begin a new chapter of my career at Paris Saint-Germain. Everything about the club matches my football ambitions. I know how talented the squad and the coaching staff are here.

“I am determined to help build something special for the club and the fans, and I am looking forward to stepping out onto the pitch at the Parc des Princes.”

Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the club’s chairman and CEO, added: “I am delighted that Lionel Messi has chosen to join Paris Saint-Germain and we are proud to welcome him and his family to Paris.

“He has made no secret of his desire to continue competing at the very highest level and winning trophies, and naturally our ambition as a club is to do the same. The addition of Leo to our world class squad continues a very strategic and successful transfer window for the club.

“Led by our outstanding coach and his staff, I look forward to the team making history together for our fans all around the world.”

The Athletic revealed on Thursday evening that Messi had made a direct approach to PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino, who is also from Argentina. It was then revealed on Tuesday that a deal had been agreed between Messi and the French club.

Barcelona confirmed in a statement on Thursday that Messi, who has been a free agent since July 1 when his contract expired, would not remain with the club “because of financial and structural obstacles”.

On Sunday morning, Messi broke down in tears when he confirmed he was leaving Barcelona after 21 years at his farewell press conference.

He said: “This year my family and I were convinced we were going to stay here, at home, that is what we all wanted. We thought we would be staying here in Barcelona. The time we’ve had here has been amazing. Today I have to say goodbye to all of this.”


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