The six-time Ballon d’Or winner arrived in Paris on Tuesday afternoon to undergo a medical examination and seal his transfer to the French club on a two-year contract – with an option for a third – worth 25 million pounds sterling per year after tax plus bonus.
Messi will receive a registration fee of £ 25million as part of the move and will wear the No.30 PSG shirt, which was the number he wore when he made his Barcelona debut in 2003.
The 34-year-old was due to extend his 21-year stay at Barcelona by signing a new five-year deal this summer, but the club announced on Thursday that “financial and structural hurdles” were preventing the contract from being honored.
Signing for PSG, Messi said: “I am delighted to start a new chapter in my career at Paris Saint-Germain. Everything in the club corresponds to my footballing ambitions.
“I know how talented the team and the coaching staff are. I’m determined to help build something special for the club and the fans, and can’t wait to step onto the Parc des Princes pitch. “
PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi 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 made no secret of his desire to continue to compete at the highest level and win 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 exceptional coach and his staff, I can’t wait for the team to make history together for our fans around the world. “
Messi will give his first press conference as a PSG player on Wednesday at 10 a.m. (BST) at the Parc des Princes.
He had said he wanted to stay at Barcelona and “did everything” to stay at the club, including accepting a 50% pay cut.
However, Barcelona are crippled by La Liga rules on club spending and even cutting Messi’s salary in half was not enough to ensure he stays at Camp Nou.
Messi had two other options after leaving Barcelona last week, but has now joined PSG, with their potential to compete for major trophies – including the Champions League – seen as a key factor in his decision to move to France.
Messi would also have liked to reunite with Neymar, with whom he won two La Liga titles, three Copa del Reys and the Champions League during their stay in Barcelona.
Tearful Messi bids Barca farewell
Messi has said he does not want to leave Barcelona in a touching farewell press conference on Sunday.
Messi was in tears when he received a standing ovation at his last Barcelona press conference to announce the end of his 21 years with the club.
Barcelona confirmed Messi’s departure on Thursday evening, the very day he returned to Catalonia after his vacation after the Copa America.
Messi had traveled to Barcelona hoping to agree on the details of announcing his new five-year deal, and he confirmed he had offered to cut his salary by 50%.
“This year my family and I were convinced that we were going to stay home, that’s what we all wanted more than anything,” Messi said.
“We had always made it ours, we were at home. We thought we would stay here in Barcelona. But today we have to say goodbye to all of this. “
“PSG is now the glamorous club”
Kaveh Solhekol de Sky Sports News sur The Transfer Show:
“I think PSG are now the most glamorous club in the world. They have Messi, Neymar, Mbappe and also the finances they have in place. Indeed, we see Spanish and Italian clubs being left behind and some English clubs.
“In this new football ecosystem, what you need to thrive and be the biggest and the best is to be effectively state owned and supported – that’s what Man City and PSG have.
“Spanish football has big problems, Real Madrid and Barcelona have huge debts and now we’ve seen PSG say ‘we’re going to be the Galacticos club’.
“From Messi’s perspective, this has come at a fantastic time for him. I know it’s a key to leave Barcelona and he’s probably going to make less money in Paris, but I think he needed a chance and Barcelona too.
“They couldn’t keep paying Messi what they paid him. He has a new challenge, it’s a whole new world of opportunities, most of which will be supported by the Qatari state.
“He will win a lot of trophies, his image will become even greater. Next year is the World Cup in Qatar and he is going to be one of the faces of the tournament. For the rest of his life he will have a very lucrative relationship with Qatar.
“I am sure that the Parisians will like him and that he will like living and working in France. I’m just worried about some of the other clubs in France, but overall for the whole profile of French football it elevates it to another level. “
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