Paris Saint-Germain fans gather to await the arrival of Argentine superstar Lionel Messi after his emotional departure from Barcelona this weekend. PSG supporters gathered outside the club’s Princes Park and at an airport north of the French capital, while the Qatari outfit will prepare to add the 34-year-old to a squad that already includes Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
The role that he represented during his illustrious professional career spanning 17 years has seen Paris expected to be Messi’s next destination after tears come to the fore. However, on Monday, AFP TV reporters still saw him at home near Barcelona with his family as well as his friend and former teammate Luis Suarez.
Later, the French press reported that he had gone to Ibiza to discuss with the Parisian club. After Barca announced last week that they could not afford to keep their all the time goal scorer, PSG positioned themselves as the favorites to sign Messi, helped by the deep pockets of their Qatari owners. I see them as the missing piece in their puzzle as they watch the Champions League, the trophy they want more than anything else.
Off the field, his rumored move garnered 1.2 million followers on PSG’s social media account on Friday. PSG’s new goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma told Sky Paris Italia on Monday, “I am happy if he comes to Paris. He is the strongest in the world, I am excited and happy to have him in the team.”
At the farewell press conference in Barcelona held on Sunday, Messi admitted that joining PSG is a “possibility”. In reality, Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City has dismissed itself as the only club that can expect a turnover of 35 million euros ($41 million) annually. Man Cty withdrew their interest to acquire the Argentine’s signature after the club was eyeing his situation in last months.
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