Lionel Messi has been spotted in a Paris Saint-Germain kit for the first time following leaked photos from social media.
The six time Ballon d’Or winner joined the French side on a two year deal with the option of a third. He had already confirmed he was leaving Barcelona where he established himself as one of the greatest footballers of all time.
Messi had looked set to extend his 21 year association with the club, but the Spanish giants said that they were unable to keep him due to the “financial and structural obstacles”.
In a video leaked online, Messi was seen in a PSG kit, doing kick ups at the Parc de Princes stadium.
It was also reported that he will receive a £25 million signing on fee, along with a weekly wage of £650,000.
He will also wear the number 30, the number he wore making his Barca debut in 2003.
Messi was keen to join PSG for their potential to compete for the Champions League. He was also keen to reunite with former Barcelona teammate Neymar. The pair won 2 La Ligas, 3 Copa Del Reys and the Champions League when they played together at the Nou Camp.
“a new chapter”
On signing for PSG, Messi said “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”, he continued. “I am determined to help build something special for the club and the fans, and I am looking forward to stepping out onto the pitch at the Parc des Princes”.
The club’s chairman Nasser Al-Khlaifi also added, “I am delighted that Lionel Messi has chosen to join Paris Saint-Germain and we are proud to welcome him and his family to Paris”.
“He has made no secret of his desire to continue competing at the very highest level and winning trophies, and naturally our ambition as a club is to do the same”.
He also said, “The addition of Leo to our world-class squad continues a very strategic and successful transfer window for the club”.
“Led by our outstanding coach and his staff, I look forward to the team making history together for our fans all around the world”.