Messi Signs Two-Year Contract With PSG

Lionel Messi has signed a two-year contract with Paris St-Germain after leaving Barcelona, the club where he had begun and expected to end his career.

Messi, a six-times winner of the Ballon d’Or for Europe’s best soccer player also has the option of a third year on his deal.

The 34-year left Barca as they were unable to afford a new deal under La Liga’s financial fair play rules and now he joins an already formidable PSG attack that includes Brazil’s Neymar and French World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe.

“I am excited to begin a new chapter of my career at Paris Saint-Germain,” PSG quoted Messi as saying. “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.”

The arrival of Barcelona’s record scorer, with 672 goals, will boost Qatari-owned PSG’s ambitions to win the prestigious, and lucrative, European Champions League for the first time.

“He has made no secret of his desire to continue competing at the very highest level and winning trophies, and naturally our ambition as a club is to do the same,” PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said.

On his arrival, crowds of supporters thronged to the club’s Parc des Princes stadium, chanting and setting off smoke flares.

He becomes PSG’s fourth free-transfer signing this summer after the arrivals of Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, Spain defender Sergio Ramos, Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and highly rated Morocco right-back Achraf Hakimi.

Messi will wear the number 30 shirt, a number he wore when he started his career at Barcelona and could make his PSG debut at home to Strasbourg on Saturday.