Lionel Messi has agreed to join Qatar-owned Paris Saint-Germain Club.
Lionel Messi has finally signed a contract with Paris Saint-Germain, which is owned by Qatar.
Lionel Messi, the Argentine football star, has signed to a two-year contract with PSG, the Qatari-owned club, just a day after giving an emotional farewell address at his final Barcelona press conference.
Shortly after his leaving leaked, the French club approached the 34-year-representatives old to discuss a possible transfer, bringing him back together with former Barcelona teammate Neymar.
According to multiple sources, the ex-Barcelona player has agreed to join PSG on a two-year deal with a third-year option.
The forward will be paid a £25 million signing-on fee, according to Sky News, however the club is yet to make an official statement.
PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi has had his eye on Messi since the news of his departure from Barcelona broke.
“Messi to PSG would be the cherry on top of Qatar’s already massive geopolitical cake. A win in the 2022 UCL would be the icing on the cake. With the World Cup in 2022 also on the horizon, successfully controlling the narrative of world football next year would be a significant gain for Qatar’s two-decade-long project,” said Professor Simon Chadwick of the Geopolitical Economy of Sport on Twitter.
Omar Salha, a lecturer in diplomacy and soft power, called the revelation a “major triumph for Qatar sports diplomacy” that would result in an “inevitable increase in PSG’s brand value.”
Football fans in Paris have been waiting for his arrival with bated breath, rushing to Le Bourget airport and surrounding regions in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the renowned footballer.
According to local sources, fans gathered in large numbers outside PSG’s stadium in central Paris.