* “The Flea” preferred the national team and received an offer from Atlético
* The number 30 shirts ran out at the club shop after they displayed them
Prepared by: Dhamia Faleh
The Argentine star, Lionel Messi, was very clear in defining his main goal with his new team, Paris Saint-Germain, which is to win the Champions League again, to give the Paris club management a new impetus in the direction to realize this dream. looking for it since 2011.
Following the shocking announcement made by Barcelona last Thursday of Messi’s departure, and contrary to all expectations of not renewing Messi, due to the salary cap rules imposed by the Spanish League, which would have threatened the club’s budget, accelerated things and Saint- Germain was the biggest beneficiary by including the 34-year-old on Tuesday in a Free Broadcasting deal.
Now that he has been wearing the Barcelona shirt for 21 years and has won all possible titles with him, Messi is starting a new era in the French capital with the number 30 instead of the number 10.
Messi said at his press conference: “I said my dream is to win another title in the Champions League, and I think Saint-Germain is the perfect place to have the opportunity to achieve that.”
Messi crowned his last fourth title in the continental competition in 2015 with Barcelona, while Saint-Germain are seeking the title for the first time, and for this reason have been one of the most consolidating teams since the transfer of ownership to Qatar for Sports Investment in 2011.
Messi signed his two-year contract with Saint-Germain on Tuesday, with an option to extend for a third year, after separating from Barcelona, with whom he has won all possible titles, including 10 in the Spanish League and 4 in the Champions League out of 35 in all competitions.
sadness and joy
Messi said during his presentation at the “Parc des Princes” stadium that he was “very pleased” to join Saint-Germain, adding: “I look forward to meeting my colleagues, the staff, and to to start this new phase, “adding that it was” very difficult “for me to leave Barcelona” after it has been a long time. “
He continued in this regard, “There was sadness and suffering, and it all turned into joy and happiness with my joining Saint-Germain. Change is difficult after 21 years in Barcelona and now I live in happy moments to join Paris Saint-Germain. “
The presence of Pochettino
There has been renewed talk in recent hours about the possibility of Messi’s arrival at the “Park des Princes” facilitating Mbappe’s departure to Real Madrid, and the Spanish newspaper “AS” titled, “Mbappe, it’s possible.”
But for club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, what Mbappe, who moved from Monaco to the main club in 2017, is demanding from a team capable of winning all possible titles is now a reality with Messi’s entry, who again with his former Barcelona colleague Neymar, and will play under the supervision of his compatriot Mauricio Pochettino.
Messi spoke in his press conference about playing with Neymar again after being with the Catalan club from 2013 to 2017, before the Brazilian joined Saint-Germain in a record deal of 222 million euros, saying: “I “And Neymar knows each other. Well, I hope we can be stronger with all our teammates.”
As for the game under the supervision of his compatriot Pochettino, he said: “I know coach Mauricio Pochettino well. And because he’s Argentinian, he’s made things a lot easier from the start. And that was important for my decision. “
France in general, and Paris in particular, lived two turbulent days awaiting Messi’s arrival from Barcelona, with hundreds of fans crowding between the airport and France de Prince Stadium waiting for a greeting of the “flea” the fans encountered. ‘desire more than once.
And beIN Sports announced that Messi’s new jerseys, number 30, hours after it were on display, were completely sold out in the club’s stores.
Messi was received by the kings in a black Mercedes, accompanied by dozens of policemen on motorcycles in Paris, and the Brazilian Neymar, the Saint-Germain attacker, the third member of the former Barcelona attacking trio, congratulated his friend with a photo of them together and commented: “Again together” attached to a half red and half blue heart. A source revealed the reason for the delay in the medical examination until Tuesday
The masses seemed to be at a wedding as adults and children descended to celebrate the “agreement of a lifetime for Paris”.
Messi said: “My arrival here was surprising and crazy. So thankful to the fans, it was crazy to see people on the streets of Paris without an agreement being finalized last week. I was shocked. “
“Why do I love him?” said Nelson Doros, a 17-year-old PSG fan. Because it makes us dream. He is charming and genius. ”
“He is the best player in the world,” said Sofian Ashi, 19. He wants to win the Champions League with Paris Saint-Germain. “
On another line, a report revealed that Argentine star Lionel Messi in his contract with Saint-Germain has stated that preference should be given to participation with the national team over the team. The Saint-Germain administration did not bother with Messi’s condition, especially after learning that Argentine coach Simeone had called his compatriot and asked him to play with his former colleague Luis Suarez, who made him 47 goals. and Messi repaid him by scoring 37 goals for him. in the 6 years he played at the “Camp Nou”.
A source revealed the reason for the delay in the medical examination until Tuesday, despite the start of direct negotiations since Sunday, due to the negotiation of Messi’s image rights, in addition to his weekly wage, which amounted to more than one million pounds a week. in the contract for two years, but the “flea” will receive after tax 550 000 pounds Weekly, due to the high tax in France (45 percent).