Argentine football star, Lionel Messi has completed the move to Paris Saint-Germain on a two-year deal after a 21-year-long spell with Spanish giant, Barcelona.

Messi who has been recognized as the best footballer on earth a record six time, became a free agent this summer after his contract with Barcelona expired.

The club was expected to re-sign him after positive initial talks between all parties but LaLiga’s financial regulations made it impossible.

The two-year contract includes an option to extend by a year and gives the forward a net salary of about €35m (£29.6m) with bonuses factored in.

As earlier reported, Messi turned down his now popular number 10 which is already being worn by his friend and former Barcelona teammate, Neymar.

He will now wear number 30 which was the first number he war at Barcelona.

A statement on PSG’s official Twitter account said: “Paris Saint-Germain is delighted to announce the signing of Leo Messi on a two-year contract with an option of a third year. The six-time Ballon d’Or winner is justifiably considered a legend of the game and a true inspiration for those of all ages inside and outside football.

“The signing of Leo reinforces Paris Saint-Germain’s aspirations as well as providing the club’s loyal fans with not only an exceptionally talented squad, but also moments of incredible football in the coming years.”

Messi joined Barcelona as a 15-year-old and went on to make his senior debut in 2004 at just 16 years old, featuring 778 times for the club in total across his 21-year-career.

During that time Messi became Barcelona’s record scorer with 672 goals including 120 Champions League goals and a record 474 LaLiga goals. He also managed 10 LaLiga titles, four Champions Leagues and seven Copa del Reys.

“I am excited to begin a new chapter of my career at Paris Saint-Germain. Everything about the club matches my football ambitions. I know how talented the squad and the coaching staff are here. I am determined to help build something special for the club and the fans,” Messi posted on twitter.


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