Lionel Messi has agreed a two-year deal to join Paris St-Germain following his shock exit from Barcelona.
The deal, which has the option of a third year, is subject to a medical, according to the BBC.
The Argentina captain, 34, left Barcelona – the only club he has played for – as they could not afford a new deal under La Liga’s financial fair play rules. A PSG news conference will take place in the auditorium of the Parc des Princes on Wednesday at 10:00 BST. Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG finished second to Lille in Ligue 1 last season.
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“It’s all been confirmed. Lionel Messi is going to be a PSG player,” Balague said on BBC Radio 5 Live. “That’s it, it’s done. It’s happened in the last few minutes.
“At the moment there are as much police as there are fans [at the stadium]. That’s going to change soon. There’s eight cameras here, again that’s going to change. It seems like it is a two-year deal, plus one.
“His idea was to do it at Barcelona but it’s going to be PSG. Then if he feels OK he will stay one more year maybe. But in any case his aim is to be at PSG and then to do well in the Qatar World Cup.”
Messi and his family were pictured at Barcelona’s El Prat airport on Tuesday afternoon after news of the deal emerged. When asked by reporters whether his son would be joining PSG, Jorge Messi answered “yes”.
Considered one of the greatest players of all time, Messi scored a record 672 goals in 778 games for Barca, the club he joined as a 13-year-old. He won the Ballon d’Or a record six times and lifted 35 trophies with the Catalan club.
The signing of Messi – who would be reunited with former Barca team-mate Neymar at the Parc des Princes – is one of the most noteworthy captures in football’s history.
He will play in a front three alongside the two most expensive players of all time – Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
Top 10 footballers with highest net worth
Six-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi has emerged the number two player with the highest net worth having amassed staggering wealth to the tune of $600 million.
Sports Skeeda reports that the richest football player on the plant remains Faiq Bolkian who boasts of a staggering $20 billion to emerge number one. Bolkiah is a member of the Bruneian Royal Family who plays as a midfielder for Portuguese club Marítimo.
Lionel Messi is the second most valuable footballer with his staggering net worth of $600 million. The Barcelona legend who has left the Spanish club to join PSG is behind Faiq Bolqiah who is reportedly worth $20 billion.
Faiq continues to remain the player with the highest net worth due to his lineage as the 23-year-old is the son of Jefri Bolkiah, the Prince of Brunei, and nephew of Hassanal Bolkiah, who is the current Sultan of Brunei.
In the third position is legendary striker Cristiano Ronaldo who is said to be having a ridiculous net worth of $500 million.
Who are the top 10 footballers with highest net worth?
Below are stats via Clacified.com
10. Thierry Henry – $130 million
9. Gareth Bale – $145 million
8. Ronaldo – $160 million
7. Wayne Rooney – $170 million
6. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – $190 million
5. Neymar – $200 million
4. David Beckham – $450 million
3. Cristiano Ronaldo – $500 million
2. Lionel Messi – $600 million
1. Faiq Bolkiah – $20 billion
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