Barca fans ‘devastated’, PSG fans ‘waiting for a legend’

    Fans hung up a shirt bearing the name and number of outgoing Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi during the 56th friendly Joan Gamper Trophy football match between Barcelona and Juventus at the Johan Cruyff Stadium on Sunday. [Top] Fans are waiting in line to welcome Messi to Paris. PHOTO: AFP

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    Fans hung up a shirt bearing the name and number of outgoing Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi during the 56th friendly Joan Gamper Trophy football match between Barcelona and Juventus at the Johan Cruyff Stadium on Sunday. [Top] Fans are waiting in line to welcome Messi to Paris. PHOTO: AFP

    Barcelona fans gathered outside Lionel Messi’s home on Monday to express their grief over the club’s biggest player who has left after 21 years, while Paris Saint-Germain fans eagerly awaited his arrival in the French capital.

    A member of Barcelona has lodged complaints with a French court and the European Commission to block any move by PSG to sign Messi, according to documents seen by Reuters on Monday.

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    The 34-year-old on Sunday said goodbye to the club in which he has spent his entire career and confirmed that he was talking to the Paris team about a possible move.

    However, there were no signs of movement around Messi’s home in the hills of Barcelona’s affluent Casteldefels area on Monday, however, where fans were waiting to take a look at the player.

    “I feel devastated,” said Christian Garcia, wearing a Barça shirt with Messi’s name on it and the number 10 on the back.

    “Seeing a player I always followed, who is an example for me, seeing him leave now brings me a lot of pain.”

    Messi said he agreed to a 50% pay cut to stay at Barca and sign a new contract, but was unable to finalize the deal due to the Spanish league’s financial control rules and the club’s debts, which total more than 1 billion. Euro ($ 1.2 billion).

    La Liga said last Wednesday it had secured a € 2.7 billion private equity contribution from CVC, with the funds being distributed among the clubs in exchange for 10% of the league’s revenue.

    It was believed that this would allow Barcelona to complete the agreement with Messi, but after Real Madrid rejected the offer and said that it would take legal action against La Liga, Barcelona was also against it.

    “I do not think the club has done enough to make him stay, I think it was up to the club to make him stay, beyond the money,” said Barcelona and Argentina fan Gonzalo Moreno.

    Messi said on Sunday that PSG was “a possibility”, but that he had not yet signed any agreement.

    In the Barcelona member’s legal complaints, which were communicated by the fan’s lawyer, the member claims that the French football authorities failed to apply their own rules of financial fair play (FFP) in order to help PSG become a force in European football. .

    Barcelona, ​​like its main rivals in La Liga, Real Madrid, is wholly owned by its members who pay subscriptions, known as “socios”.

    The FFP rules mainly forbid the top European football clubs from paying their teams an excessive share of their total income, according to the complaints, which also state that Messi’s transfer to PSG would violate the code. PSG and the French Football League did not immediately respond to e-mail requests for comment.

    The French newspaper L’Equipe reported on Sunday that Messi will travel to Paris on Sunday or Monday for a medical examination and to finalize an agreement with the club owned by Qatar Sports Investment.

    The Spanish newspaper Marca reported that PSG officially sent its offer to Messi on Sunday morning.

    “We are waiting for a legend, the legend that is Leo Messi,” said PSG fan Mehmet Sen, who has been waiting at the gates of Paris’ Le Bourget airport since 2 am for a look at the star.

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