BREAKING NEWS: Lionel Messi agrees to join PSG on a two-year contract after leaving Barcelona.
Lionel Messi has agreed to join Paris Saint-Germain is best known as PSG on a two-year contract. The best Argentina footballer the world has ever seen, Lionel Messi had two other options after leaving Barcelona last week.
He chose to move to the French club on a deal worth £25m per year after tax, plus bonuses.
PSG and Messi will have the option of extending their stay in the French capital by the third year, while the forward will also receive a £25m signing-on fee.
By signing a deal this summer, Messi has set to extend his 21-year stay at Barcelona.
However, the club announced on Thursday that “financial and structural obstacles” meant the deal could not be completed, meaning Messi left as a free agent.
During Lionel Messi’s tearful press conference last week, he mentioned that he wanted to stay at Barcelona and “did everything” he could to remain at the club, including agreeing to a 50-per-cent wage cut.
Fabrizio Romano turned to Twitter and shared the details, “Lionel Messi joins PSG… HERE WE GO! Total agreement completed on a two-year contract. Option to extend until June 2024. Salary around €35m net per season add ons included. #Messi”
“Messi has definitely accepted PSG contract proposal and will be in Paris in the next hours.” he added.
Lionel Messi joins PSG… HERE WE GO! Total agreement completed on a two-years contract. Option to extend until June 2024. Salary around €35m net per season add ons included. 🇦🇷🇫🇷 #Messi
Messi has definitely accepted PSG contract proposal and will be in Paris in the next hours. pic.twitter.com/DiM5jNzxTA
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 10, 2021
However, Barcelona is hock by La Liga’s rules on club spending, and even halving Messi’s pay was not enough to ensure he remained at the Nou Camp.
Messi is now set to join PSG, with their potential to compete for major trophies – including the Champions League – understood to be a key factor in his decision to move to France.
Messi won two La Liga titles, three Copa del Reys, and Champions League with Neymar and he is also believed to be keen for a reunion.
When he was asked about a move to PSG at his farewell press conference last weekend, Messi said: “That is one possibility, to reach those heights. I had a lot of calls, a lot of interested clubs. At the moment, nothing is closed, but we are talking about a lot of things.”
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) August 10, 2021