Lionel Messi signs $ 80 million two-year contract with PSG
Lionel Messi has officially left Barcelona.
Messi and Paris Saint-Germain have agreed to the terms of a two-year contract that will pay the six-time Ballon d’Or winner $ 29 million a year. It will also earn a registration fee of $ 29 million and has a potential third year option at the same rate.
On Tuesday, Messi arrived in Paris via a private plane, sporting a “This is Paris” t-shirt. PSG will hold a press conference to officially present Messi on Wednesday.
Last Thursday, FC Barcelona announced that “financial and structural obstacles” were preventing the club from signing a new contract with Messi and keeping the superstar for a 21st season. The 34-year-old claimed he had “done everything” to stay at the club, including agreeing in principle to a 50% pay cut.
With PSG, Messi will reunite with Neymar, with whom he won two La Liga and Champions League titles during their four-year stay together at Camp Nou.
PSG and Manchester City were initially seen as the two most likely landing points for Messi. In a farewell press conference on Sunday, Messi admitted that “a lot of clubs” were interested in his talents.