New Delhi. Legendary footballer Lionel Messi arrived in Paris on Tuesday to finalize his contract with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). More than 300,000 people gathered in Paris to welcome Messi. Such a gathering of fans was probably the first time seen in Paris. According to reports, the 34-year-old Argentine has agreed a two-year deal with PSG, with an option to extend it. According to a source familiar with the deal, Messi will receive around 35 million euros (about three billion rupees) a year. Messi’s father and agent Jorge also confirmed that Messi is going to PSG.
After Barcelona’s contract expired, Messi (Lionel Messi PSG) became the biggest player available to a club in football history. PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino contacted Messi after parting ways with Barcelona. When the new season of the Spanish football league kicks off later this week, for the first time in 17 years, superstar Lionel Messi will not be taking part.
Messi won 10 La Liga titles for Barcelona
Messi is the top scorer in the Spanish league La Liga. Barcelona will be without Messi for the first time since 2004 after financial problems prevented the team from agreeing a new contract with the Argentine. Last time Messi was not part of this league, players like Diego Simeone, Zinedine Zidane and Luis Enrique were playing in this league instead of coaching.
Real Madrid forward Vinicius Jr. and Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix were only four years old at the time. Former Barcelona player Neymar made his debut as a teenager with the youth team of Brazilian club Santos. Real Madrid’s Kylan Mbappe was just five years old and no one knew he would make headlines in the world of football.
Lionel Messi received a grand reception in Paris, 300,000 fans gathered in the streets
Messi has won Barcelona 10 times
In the decade before Messi’s debut, Barcelona had won the league title only twice. In the next 17 seasons, the Barcelona team won 10 times. During this time, Messi scored the most goals in the league 8 times. He scored 474 goals in 520 matches in the competition. “When you lose the best player in history, you have to face reality and understand that you’ve lost a very important part of the team,” said veteran Barcelona captain Gerard Pique, three years after Messi’s debut. He scored many goals and assisted many goals. Lionel Messi became very emotional while saying goodbye to Barcelona. Messi said at the farewell ceremony that he was ready to reduce his salary by 50 percent, but Barcelona refused to do so.
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First Published: August 10, 2021, 22:37 IST