Lionel Messi will sign with Paris Saint-Germain: NPR


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A worker removes posters with outgoing Argentine FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi on Tuesday. Messi is ready to join Paris Saint-Germain.

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A worker removes posters with outgoing Argentine FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi on Tuesday. Messi is ready to join Paris Saint-Germain.

Pau Barrena / AFP via Getty Images

Lionel Messi, one of the greatest footballers in history, is leaving Spain to join the French club Paris Saint-Germain, in a seismic change of elite football. Last week it was rumored that Messi (34) parting with his longtime club, FC Barcelona.

Messi’s father, Jorge, confirmed to the Spanish newspaper the ongoing contract Sixth On Tuesday at Barcelona’s El Prat airport, saying the Argentine legend would sign a two-season contract, with an option for a third.

Messi will fly to France on Tuesday, and will officially sign a contract that will be announced on Wednesday if he passes the preliminary physical examination, according to the French sports newspaper Tim.

Recognized as the best player in the world with a record six Golden Ball awards, Messi will meet again in Paris with Brazilian star Neymar Jr., as they hope to repeat the success they achieved together during Neymar’s stay in Barcelona.

Paris Saint-Germain — often known as PSG — also has another star in Kylian Mbappé, who is just 22 years old. However, questions revolved around his future as contract negotiations dragged on.

Messi announced last week that he would leave Barcelona as a free agent after the two sides failed to reach a new contract – a process complicated by new pay limits in the Spanish football league, La Liga. The star and his team could not finalize the overtime, despite Messi being the original agreeing to a 50% pay cut.

Both La Liga and France’s Ligue 1 want to limit spending on their clubs ’salaries to a maximum of 70% of their total revenue. But while the policy is now being implemented in Spain, the French league has postponed the salary cap for two years, citing financial turmoil caused by the pandemic as the reason.

It’s a delay it is now considered a key reason that Qatar-owned PSG managed to gain generational talent.


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