Lionel Messi has agreed to join Paris Saint-Germain on a two-year contract after leaving his boyhood club, Barcelona.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner, who had two other options after leaving Barcelona last week, has now decided
to move to the French club in a deal worth £25m per year after tax. He will earn £500,000-per-week.
Messi was set to extend his 21-year stay at Barcelona by signing a new five-year deal this summer. But the Spanish club
announced last Thursday that “financial and structural obstacles” meant the deal could not be completed,
meaning Messi left as a free agent.
According to L’Equipe, and confirmed by Fabrizio Romano, Messi has agreed a move to the Parc des Princes and
will be arriving in the French capital in the coming hours to complete the move.
The 34-year-old said 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.
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 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 is also believed to be keen to reunite with Neymar, with whom he won two La Liga titles, three Copa del Reys, and the Champions League during their time together at Barcelona.
By Taiyelolu A