Lionel Messi officially joins PSG signing 2-year contract

11:32, 11 August 2021
Lionel Messi officially joins PSG signing 2-year contract Photo: Ricardo Moreira/ Look Press

An Argentinian football star and long-time FC Barcelona ex-player Lionel Messi has officially signed a two-year contract with the French club Paris Saint-Germain after he has left FC Barcelona, in which he had been playing for more than 20 years.

Messi commented on his joining the French club:

“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.”

As the football star arrived in Paris, the club tweeted a short teaser which included pictures with football trophies, Argentina shirt, and a hand creating a signature.

Neymar, the talented FC PSG player, who had won the Champions League with Messi back in 2015 for Barcelona, was brief in his Instagram message: “Back together.”

PSG Chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi appreciated Messi’s joining in a statement:

“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 for our fans all around the world.”

Messi played more than 500 games for FC Barcelona and during his farewell press conference on August 8 he burst into tears as he started his speech.

Many fans on social media blamed Messi for his leaving the club saying that he could have stayed playing for half of his wages or even for free.