Lionel Messi has officially signed for French club Paris Saint-Germain, bringing his long-term association with FC Barcelona to an end. Messi’s move to Paris brings his historic 20-plus-year run at Barcelona to an end. The Argentine, widely considered one of the best players of all time, failed to sign a new contract with Barcelona. Barcelona said the club’s dire financial situation and La Liga’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations meant it could not give Messi a new contract, despite both parties agreeing.
The French giants said in a statement that the Argentine superstar is signing a two-year deal “with an option of a third year.” Messi arrived in Paris earlier on Tuesday, and the club teased his arrival on their social media channels. They posted a short clip that briefly shows his Argentina shirt and the six Ballon d’Or trophies Messi has won throughout his career. “I am excited to begin a new chapter of my career at Paris Saint-Germain. Everything about the club matches my football ambitions,” Messi said in the statement. “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, and I am looking forward to stepping out onto the pitch at the Parc des Princes.”