Messi, who bid farewell to Barcelona in a press conference on Sunday, had remained at his home in Castelldefels until Tuesday afternoon, despite hundreds of PSG fans gathering to wait for his arrival at the city’s main airports, as well as the Parc des Princes, on Monday.
There were reports late on Monday night that Barcelona had made a last-ditch attempt to get Messi to renew, but that has been denied by several high-profile journalists. Instead, the 34-year-old will put pen to paper on a two-year contract with the option of a third at PSG, where he will have a reported net salary of 35 million euros per year.
Images of Lionel Messi in Paris continue to emerge, fom a balcony, inside the stadium and now… on the streets of Paris.
Some fans had been waiting for more than five hours outside the luxurious Arc de Triumph hotel where Messi and his family are staying.
Paris Saint-Germain have announced the signing of Leo Messi on a free transfer, just two days after the Argentine confirmed that he would be leaving Barcelona.
Messi has signed for the Ligue 1 club on a two-year deal with the option of a third.
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Messi has been pictured with the No.30 jersey.
Messi had been offered the No.10 shirt by his friend, Neymar, but he refused and one of the alternatives was the No.19, which he also wore in his youth.
In a sight that will be uncomfortable for Barcelona fans around the world, a short video has emerged of Leo Messi taking his first steps, and touces of a ball, in PSG colours.
Messi was given a hero’s welcome by thousands of Paris Saint-Germain supporters outside the Parc des Princes. Fans of the Parisian club only caught a quick glimpse of the Argentine, but their enthusiasm was clear for all to see.
There is a small group of players who have been privileged enough to have played with both Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and Sergio Ramos is about to add his name to that list.
The ex-Real Madrid captain enjoyed some extremely successful years in the Spanish capital alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, and will now play the next two seasons with Messi at Paris Saint-Germain.
“Messi is one of the world’s best, and I want the best in my team,” said Ramos a few days ago.
Here is the full list of players who have played with both Messi and Ronaldo.
When Mauricio Pochettino looks at his squad list for the upcoming season, he is going to have one of the best, if not the best, group of players in the world at his disposal.
Will he abandon his favoured 4-3-3 and switch to a 3-4-3 to accommodate more attacking players?
There is a party-like atmosphere outside the Parc des Princes as PSG fans wait for Lionel Messi’s move to be officially announced.
This time, PSG’s social media team have posted a video of six Ballon d’Ors – Messi is the only player to have won this many – and the Eiffel Tower in the background. There have been reports that Messi will be presented at the Eiffel Tower, just like Neymar was back in 2017.
Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed that a press conference will be held tomorrow at 11am CEST, but they have not named who will be involved… although we all know who will be front and centre.
Messi will now undergo his medical at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, but PSG’s fans have already began to gather outside the Parc des Princes.
Lionel Messi has appeared from a balcony in Paris wearing a ‘Ici c’est Paris’ t-shirt, which has caused the PSG fans below to go wild. The Argentine is clearly in good spirits after landing in the French capital.
Without explicitly stating that Lionel Messi is about to sign for PSG, the French club have posted a video on social media hinting that an announcement is imminent.
Neymar has posted an image of himself and Messi hugging each other during their time at Barcelona with the caption ‘Back together’ ahead of the Argentine’s move to PSG
As was the case on Monday, PSG fans have flocked to Le Bourget airport in Paris ahead of the arrival of Messi. This time, though, they know that the Argentine is in the air.
At the Parc des Princes, the red carpet has been rolled out ahead of Lionel Messi’s arrival a little later on today.
Antonela, Lionel Messi’s wife, has posted a photo of herself and the six-time Ballon d’Or winner on the plane as they fly to Paris. “All five of us are heading for a new adventure together,” the caption reads, in reference to herself and Lionel, as well as their three children.