Lionel Messi has officially agreed to a two-year contract offer from Paris Saint-Germain, shortly after leaving Barcelona.
🚨 BREAKING: Lionel Messi has agreed terms on a two-year contract to join PSG
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 10, 2021
The formal deal is said to be worth £25m a year after tax, with Messi’s representatives reportedly having reviewed and carefully considered the offer. Allegedly, the footballer had two other potential options for his next team, but PSG remained the favorites and it has now been confirmed that Messi has agreed to the deal.
After almost two decades with the team, Barcelona announced his departure because Messi was unable to fulfil a contract that had been agreed with due to ‘financial and structural obstacles’.
In a news conference last Sunday, Messi also hinted that he may move to PSG, letting reports know that he ‘had a lot of calls, a lot of interested clubs’, but that the French club was ‘one possibility’.
On the same day, French newspaper L’Equipe reported Messi would travel to Paris to undertake a medical and finalise a deal with PSG. Nevertheless, the footballer cried as he bid farewell to his team at the conference.
Messi described leaving Barcelona as ‘the toughest moment’ of his career, sharing: ‘When the club told me, I just froze. This is all like a bucket of cold water has been poured over me and we are still coming to terms with it. When I get home, I’m sure it’ll be even worse. But I’ll be surrounded by my loved ones and I’ll carry on playing football, and when I do so, I’m sure it’ll become a bit easier.’
The move to PSG marks a big turning point for Messi after having spent his entire career so far at Barcelona, where he has scored scoring 672 goals in 778 appearances.