Lionel Messi set his sights on more glory in the Champions League after appearing as a Paris Saint-Germain player on Wednesday, as hundreds of fans gathered outside the club’s stadium hoping to see their new idol.
The 34-year-old Argentine superstar appeared in the media from all over the world at a press conference at the Parc des Princes after arriving in the French capital the previous day and signed a two-year contract with a third season option.
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PSG quickly emerged as the favorites to sign Messi following the shock of his departure from Barcelona last week and arrive to watch the fifth Champions League, with the most recent of his four wins with his old club coming in 2015. .
“I have said many times that my dream is to win another Champions League and I think I am in the ideal place to have this opportunity and to do it,” Messi told reporters in a packed amphitheater, with the audience in attendance. his wife Antonella, their children, and his father and agent, Jorge.
Messi and Barcelona were eliminated from the Champions League last season by PSG, who reached the semi-finals after advancing to the 2020 final.
“Sometimes you can have the best team in the world and not win. This is football,” added Messi, who has won a total of 35 trophies with Barca as he prepares to work with Neymar and Killian Babae in Paris.
“We know how difficult the Champions League is, but Paris knows it too – it has come very close in recent years, but it is an event in which the best teams participate and the best team does not always win.”
PSG reportedly pay € 35 million ($ 41 million) a year to Messi, who will wear the number 30 jersey – fans were already queuing outside the capital’s various stores on Wednesday morning to buy the shirt with his name and number on the back.
Messi appeared speechless as he appeared, he turned out perfectly, to speak to the media, although he seemed a little anxious at times, especially when a member of the public started shouting his name.
Unlike when Zlatan Ibrahimovic signed for PSG in 2012, there were no glittering revelations in front of the Eiffel Tower, but Messi was photographed on the pitch before greeting fans waiting to enter the stadium, watching his big-screen press conference.
“I am very proud to present Leo Messi as a PSG player,” said Nasser al-Khalafi, president of the Qatari team. “It is an amazing and historic day for the club, for the world of football.”
Messi made no secret of his sadness at leaving Barcelona, the only team he has represented so far in his 17-year professional career, as he gave a tearful press conference at the Camp Nou last weekend.
However on Wednesday he said he was looking forward to starting his new home.
“Everyone knows that my departure from Barcelona was very difficult because I spent so many years there, but once I got here I felt very happy,” said the player who scored 672 goals in 778 games for the Catalans. “Now I can’t wait to start training.”
Messi had no preparation before the holiday season since winning the Copa America with Argentina a month ago.
Therefore, it is unlikely that he will make his PSG debut soon, and certainly not this weekend, when Mauricio Pochettino’s team plays Strasbourg at home in Ligue 1.
The focus will now be on the future of 22-year-old Bape, who has just one year left on his contract and is strongly associated with Real Madrid. “Kylian is a Parisian, he is very competitive. He said he wanted a competitive team,” said Al-Khelaifi. “Now there is no one more competitive than us. He has no reason to do anything else,” he added, apart from accommodation.