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Between Barcelona and Paris, Messi prolongs the suspense about his future

Between Barcelona and Paris, Messi prolongs the suspense about his future

Free to commit to whomever he wants after writing his legend at FC Barcelona, ​​superstar Lionel Messi prolongs the suspense about his future, with Paris Saint-Germain being “a possibility” facing his final decision.

PSG fans waited for him on Sunday and Monday at Bourget airport and at the entrance to Parc des Princes. But the Argentine “Flea” stayed at home, with his family, with his friend Luis Suárez, on the outskirts of Barcelona.

His tranquility contrasts with the effervescence of social networks and the impatience of the Parisian fans, ready to receive one of the best footballers in history.

French soccer actors also shared their excitement over the weekend at the possible arrival of the six-time Ballon d’Or.

Since the unexpected announcement of Messi’s departure from his old club – Barça – on Thursday, PSG seems the most likely destination for the 34-year-old from Rosario.

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“It is a possibility,” confirmed the forward on Sunday, at the time of his farewell from the Barça club.

“Honestly, I have had many calls, from many clubs when the statement (of his goodbye) appeared. At this time nothing has been done, “he added.

The French press speaks of an agreement between both parties around a contract of at least two years, with a net annual salary of about 40 million euros (47 million dollars).

That amount would put Messi above Neymar (€ 36 million; $ 42 million), the highest-paid footballer in France.

But without his presence in the French capital there is no signing. The ‘Flea’ plays on the nerves of the Parisian fans in the same way that he dribbles his rivals on the pitch.

– Neymar, his friend –

On Sunday he preferred to dedicate to Barça what could be his last weekend as a player without a contract.

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In the bowels of the Camp Nou where he forged his legend, Messi, in tears, cried out his love for the club he arrived at when he was 13 years old.

“I never imagined my dismissal because the truth is that I did not think so,” he confessed, revealing that he was willing to cut his salary in half to be able to stay.

But Barça resigned to extend their onerous contract, which expired last June, wielding the high risk it would pose to their impoverished coffers.

PSG could not miss the opportunity, faced with the perpetual search by its wealthy owners (QSI) for superstars to develop their brand.

QSI’s financial muscle and the relaxation of UEFA’s financial ‘fair play’ rules made possible an operation that few envisioned just two months ago.

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The contact between Messi and PSG dates, at least, from the summer of 2020, when the Argentine communicated his intention to leave Barça. But at that time that was not very far and the footballer reached an agreement with the Catalan club to renew for one year.

The No. 10 counts among his friends the Brazilian Neymar, with whom he played between 2013 and 2017. The two spent a night together, at the beginning of August, during their holidays in Ibiza, in the company of the Argentines Angel Di María and Leandro Paredes and the Italian Marco Verratti, the three PSG players.

Paris Saint-Germain, who defeated Troyes on Saturday in Ligue 1 (2-1), has prepared the ground for this ‘big bang’ capable of taking it to another dimension, both sporting and economic.

Now only one signature is missing. AFP (HN)

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