Lionel Messi has reached an agreement with Paris Saint Germain (PSG) over a transfer to the French soccer club, sports paper L’Equipe said on its website, adding he was due to arrive in Paris in the coming hours.
Messi, the 34-year-old record goal scorer for both Argentina and Barcelona, is one of the greatest players of all time.
According renowned transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Messi has agreed to a two-year deal and will earn roughly $35 million net every season, which translated to $730,000 per week.
Romano posted on his Twitter handle, “Lionel Messi is currently not in Paris and he’s not landed anywhere. He’s at his home with his family. Messi’s lawyers and his father Jorge are still working on PSG official contract paper-works received yesterday. He’ll fly to Paris once deal will be completed.”
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner, wept on Sunday as he bade farewell to his boyhood team, after the club said it could no longer afford to keep him, blaming La Liga’s fair play rules.
The PSG frontline is already formidable, with Messi’s former Barca team mate Neymar and young France striker Kylian Mbappe seen as two of the best players on the planet.
But the arrival of Messi, Barca’s all-time record goal-scorer with 682 in 27 years, will boost the club’s ambitions to win a first ever Champions League.
- A Tell / Reuters report