LIVE: Messi expected to land in Paris to Join PSG
Argentina’s football legend Lionel Messi has reached an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) over a transfer to the French soccer club, sports paper L’Equipe said on its website, adding he was due to arrive in Paris in the coming hours on Tuesday.
It is believed that the six-time Ballon d’Or winner had two other options after leaving Barcelona last week, but has chosen to move to the French club on a deal worth £25m per year after tax, plus bonuses.Also Read – FC Barcelona’s Striker Sergio Aguero Set to be Out of Action For at Least 10 Weeks Due to Tendon Injury.
Messi will also receive a £25m signing-on fee and will have the option of extending his stay in the French capital by the third year. The 34-year-old was set to extend his 21-year stay at Barcelona by signing a new five-year deal this summer. Also Read – Lionel Messi Posts Emotional Message on Instagram After Barcelona Departure: “It’s Not a Goodbye, Just a Later”
However, the club announced on Thursday that “financial and structural obstacles” meant the deal could not be completed. Since then Messi was a free agent. Also Read – Here’s Why Barcelona Might Not Retire Iconic Number 10 Jersey After Lionel Messi Exit
Messi had cleared his intentions of staying at Barcelona and “did everything” he could to remain at the club, including agreeing to a 50-per-cent wage cut. However, Barcelona is hamstrung by La Liga’s rules on club spending, and even halving Messi’s pay was not enough to ensure he remained at Camp Nou.
But the arrival of Messi, Barca’s record goalscorer with 682 in 27 years, will boost the club’s ambitions to win a first-ever Champions League title.
The arrival of Messi, who has 245 million followers on Instagram and is Barcelona’s most decorated player of all time, is also welcome news for France’s Ligue 1, embroiled in a crisis over TV rights.