11/08/2021; 10:06 AM By : Steven D. Thompson
Finally, the wait is over. Tuesday night saw one of the biggest transfers in the history of football as Lionel Messi completed a move to French side Paris Saint Germain.
It was only a matter of time before La Pulga made such a move. After Barcelona failed to register him on their books ahead of the season due to La Liga rules, we already reported about PSG’s offer to sign the Argentine.
As we have mentioned severally, only PSG and Manchester City realistically had the financial affluence to sign Messi at a time like this. Given all the options on the card, there were many reasons to see why Messi would decide in favour of a big move to Paris more than anything.
Perhaps no one was as excited as a certain Brazilian after PSG signed Messi. In fact, Neymar already announced the move on his Instagram account before the club officially did. Both players grew to be very close friends during their stint together at Barcelona. The Catalan giants tried severally to bring Neymar back to the club but failed on multiple occasions. It is rather poetic to see that the story ends with Messi joining his former teammate and close friend at the biggest club in French football.
The last time both players starred in the same team, they lit up a partnership with Luis Suarez that went on to be known as the famous ‘MSN’. Kylian Mbappe is in the fray this time and many are eager to see what the trio can conjure together this season.
As per Goal, Messi is expected to earn around €30-35m net per season at PSG. This deal will also come with extra individual and team benefits.
The signing of the Argentine broke the internet and it was even reported by the Daily Star that both home and away shirts for Messi sold out in less than 20 minutes. That is quite remarkable in itself. La Pulga will wear the no.30 jersey for the French giants.
Speaking on his move as per the club’s website, Messi outlined that he was glad to join PSG, a club that matched his current drive and ambition.
He added on how delighted he was to be joining a talented squad and also stated his mission to help achieve great feats for the club and the fans alike.
PSG have dominated French football over the past decade but the Champions League is the ‘holy grail’ that has eluded them so far. Messi might be the final piece of their puzzle and all eyes will be on the Argentine as he begins a new chapter in new colours, away from Barcelona.
Will Messi be a success at PSG? Only time will tell.