Lionel Messi has said he wants to “make something special” at Paris Saint-Germain before he is unveiled as a Paris Saint-Germain player.
On Tuesday, the 34-year-old signed a two-year deal with PSG with an additional one-year option.
Macy’s, who will wear the number 30 in Paris, the number he started his professional career at Barca, was unveiled by PSG at a press conference on Wednesday at 11:00 AM (0900 GMT). I will
“I am excited to start a new chapter in my career at Paris Saint-Germain,” he said in a statement on the club’s website.
“Everything about the club matches my football ambitions,” said Messi, who was greeted by PSG fans as he arrived in the French capital on Tuesday.
“I know how talented the team and the coaching staff are.
“I’m determined to help create something special for the club and the fans, and I’m looking forward to stepping on the Parc des Princes pitch.”
Messi, who was a free agent after his shock spell with boys’ club Barcelona last week, landed at Le Bourget airport north of Paris on Tuesday afternoon.
There he was greeted by hundreds of PSG supporters who had gathered hoping to catch a glimpse of his new signature.
The fans gathered outside the club’s Park des Princes home and near a luxurious hotel in the city where Macy’s wife Antonella and their three children are expected to stay.
Macy waved to the crowd wearing a Paris T-shirt as he arrived at the airport before leaving for his medical.
Macy’s father, Jorge, who is also his agent, had earlier confirmed it was unavoidable as he had arrived at Barcelona’s El Pratt airport to board a flight to France.
Asked if his son would sign for the French club, he replied: “Yes.”
The move came just days after the announcement that he would leave Barcelona, the club he has represented in his 17-year professional career.
PSG’s move has been an open secret for Messi for several days, although reports in Spain on Monday night suggested a “final offer” from Barcelona in an attempt to keep the player.
Instead, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner will join the PSG attack, which already included Neymar and Killian Mbabane.
The Qatar-backed PSG see Messi as a lost piece in their jigs as they chase the Champions League, the trophy they want more than anything else.
Neymar, who played with Messi in Barcelona before moving to PSG in 2017, posted on Twitter.
Barcelona are still satisfied with the departure of their biggest player, who said goodbye to his two-decade club in a tearful news conference on Sunday.
Despite an offer to halve his salary to seal a new five-year deal with Catalans, the deal is based on Spanish league pay cap rules.
Barcelona are unable to register new signatures due to their financial situation, with loans of 1.2 billion euros (4 1.41 billion).
Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City have ruled themselves out, with PSG being the only club to expect a deal worth 35 35 million a year.
He leaves Barcelona with 672 goals in 778 matches, a record for a club.
Messi has won 35 trophies at Camp Nou since joining Barca at the age of 13, but his last was damp: a 2-1 closed-door loss to Celta Vigo in May.
His trophy includes four Champions League and 10 La Liga titles.
“First of all, I’m a little sad for him. He wanted to stay in Barcelona,” former team-mate Cesc Fabregas said late Tuesday.
“I’m from Barcelona and you know it would be hard to see Barca without Leo.”
This summer, PSG have already signed veteran Spanish defender Sergio Ramos from Real Madrid and Euro 2020 star Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donaruma.
He has signed Giorgione Vignaldem from Liverpool, snatched the Dutch midfielder from under Barcelona’s nose, and spent مل 60 million on Inter Milan right-back Achraf Hakimi, who signed his PSG over the weekend. Scored early in the league.
Macy’s could be unveiled to supporters on Saturday, when PSG hosts Strasbourg and a full house of about 48,000 people will be allowed to enter for the first time since the corona virus hit 18 months ago. The plague had spread.
However, it is unlikely to start as early as the end of this month.