The 34-year-old Argentina captain left Barca – the only club he has ever played for since he was 13-years-old after the club was unable to afford a new deal under La Liga’s financial fair play rules.
While at Barcelona, Messi had scored a record 672 goals in 778 games for his team and had won the Ballon d’Or a record six times and lifted 35 trophies with the Catalan club. “It’s all been confirmed. Lionel Messi is going to be a PSG player,” Balague said on BBC Radio 5 Live.
“That’s it, it’s done. It’s happened in the last few minutes. “At the moment there are as much police as there are fans [at the stadium]. That’s going to change soon. There are eight cameras here, again that’s going to change. It seems like it is a two-year deal, plus one. “His idea was to do it at Barcelona but it’s going to be PSG. Then if he feels OK he will stay one more year maybe. But in any case, his aim is to be at PSG and then to do well in the Qatar World Cup.”
Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG finished second to Lille in Ligue 1 last season. Bringing Messi on board will help boost the club’s attacking power and may even improve their chances of winning the title if played right.
Lionel Messi signs two-year deal at PSG
Lionel will see himself reunited with former Barca team-mate Neymar at the Parc des Princes, and many anticipate the two being a serious attacking duo at PSG. He will play in a front three alongside the two most expensive players of all time – Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
PSG is currently strengthening its ranks in all positions of the game which include the arrivals of Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, Spain defender Sergio Ramos and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. Highly rated Morocco right-back Achraf Hakimi also joined from Inter Milan.
PSG are yet to win the Champions League after a decade under Qatari ownership and subsequent heavy investment. In 2020, the team suffered a painful defeat at the final against Bayern Munich after years of trials in trying to get to the final.
Messi had agreed a new deal – on 50% of his old wages – to stay at Barcelona but the club could not afford to implement it as it was considered far above the wage limit allowed by La Liga. The star used to earn 140m Euros gross a year while at the club after tax.
If the deal goes through quickly, he could make his PSG debut at home to Strasbourg on Saturday.