With tears in his eyes, Argentine star Lionel Messi said goodbye to FC Barcelona on Sunday, where he spent more than 20 years, and recognized that joining PSG was “an opportunity” if nothing was signed.
Called three days after announcing his departure from Barసాa, the Argentine striker made his first speech at Camp Nou, the stadium where he built his legend, eagerly awaited on the football planet.
Did not come to the scene dressed as “Pulga” (Flea in Spanish), shedding tears in front of many players from the current team, such as Jordi Alba and Gerard Pique. , Antoine Griezmann or Ansu Fati, but also passed as JV or Carles Puyol.
“After so many years, a lifetime of being here is so hard for me,” Golden Ball said six times.
“True, I did not because I did not anticipate my farewell. I want to do it with people, on the field,” he added.
But for now, the only question is where “Leo” will pursue his gorgeous career.
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PSG “a chance”
For Messi, who finished 13th in Barcelona, all the roads seem to have led to the Parc des Princess, where he became one of the best players in history.
“It was a chance” but the player said “I have not signed anything with anyone” and admitted to receiving “many calls” from interested clubs.
The newspaper L’Equipe will trigger Sunday’s arrival in Paris, Argentina, and talk about a three-year “record deal” with an annual net salary of 40 million euros.
Messi can sign for two seasons, yet optional.
Getting a hand on Messi would be a huge blow to PSG, as the Qatari owners have so far failed to take the Paris club to the top of the Champions League.
In the Parisian locker room, Messi, along with his former Barcelona friend Neymar, never hid the desire to replay what he had recently seen on holiday in Ibiza and with “Leo” or his native Angel. Di Maria won the Copa America with him.
Like him, Argentina and coach Mauricio Pochettino know him well.
“The fact is awful”
With Barcelona he won 35 trophies, including four Champions Leagues, and by extension for the Spanish league, Argentina’s exit was a very difficult blow. In contrast, his arrival in France would be an excellent catch for PSG, but also for League 1 in the wake of the financial crisis and the total conflict over TV rights.
Barసాa returned to the president promising to keep the “pulga” (chip), Joan Laporta explained on Friday that he could not extend his star due to the club’s dire financial situation and La Liga’s salary cap rules. The deal was found though.
“We do not want to put the company in further danger,” Laporta said, assuring the club that “he did his best for the benefit”, which must have suffered a severe loss of 487 million euros for last season.
A certified version by a player who has assured his side that he has “done everything possible” financially to extend his contract by accepting a 50% discount.
“Nothing is the same,” Barసాa defender Gerard Pique told Messi in his farewell message on social media. “Neither Camp Nou, nor the city of Barcelona, nor ourselves. After more than 20 years with the club, you no longer wear the Barసాa jersey. The reality is sometimes brutal.”