ParisOne of the world’s greatest footballers, Lionel Messi arrived here on Tuesday to join French club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on a two-year contract. Many videos are going viral on social media, in which fans are going crazy to get a glimpse of him. The club, on the other hand, has posted a video teaser with the words ‘New Diamond in Paris’. At PSG, Messi will play alongside his old teammate Neymar. Argentine footballer Messi, who ended his 21-year-long stay at Barcelona and recently won the Copa America for Argentina, arrived in Paris on Tuesday and signed a new contract with the new club. According to media reports, his post-tax deal with PSG is worth $35 million per annum with the possibility of a one-year extension. Messi’s contract, who joined Barcelona’s Youth Academy at the age of 13, ended on June 30 this year. It is being said that Messi had to part ways due to Barcelona’s financial situation and La Liga’s rules on it. Messi always wanted to stay with Barcelona and for this he was also ready for a 50 percent pay cut, but even after this the club was not able to keep him with him. French media reports are saying that if all the formalities of the contract are completed quickly, then Messi could make his debut at the club’s home ground on Saturday. According to Sky Sports, Messi had two other options after leaving Barcelona last week, but opted to join PSG given their potential to compete for major trophies, including the Champions League. This is considered an important factor in his decision to move to France. Messi is believed to be keen to reunite with his old friend Neymar, with whom he won two La Liga titles, three Copa del Rey and the Champions League during his time at Barcelona. When asked about moving to PSG at his farewell press conference last weekend, Messi said – It is a possibility, to reach those heights.
(With inputs from IANS)
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