Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed the signing of Lionel Messi after the Argentina captain’s contract at Barcelona expired earlier this summer.
Messi has signed a two-year contract with the Ligue 1 side, with the option of extending for a further year. He is expected to earn between €30- 35 million net a year.
“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,” Messi said in a statement.
PSG is expected to hold a news conference on Wednesday to formally introduce Messi. He arrived to the French capital on Tuesday via private plane where he completed his medical exam and visited Parc des Princes stadium.
Messi will wear No. 30 with PSG, which was his first number at Barcelona. Neymar, now reunited with his ex-Barca teammate, had offered the No. 10 but Messi refused. PSG asked for authorisation as No. 30 is reserved for goalkeepers under league rules and was worn by Alexandre Letellier.