by Pawan Atri
Football mega star and Argentina skipper Lionel Messi is tipped to sign a new deal with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) after his childhood club, Barcelona, failed to register his contract due to La Liga’s stringent Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules. A tearful Messi officially left the Catalan giants on Sunday.
Thousands of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) fans thronged the Paris airport to catch a glimpse of Lionel Messi as the former Barcelona captain was expected to arrive in the French capital to complete the formalities of his potential contract with the Ligue 1 club.
However, his failure to arrive in Paris ahead of his rumoured transfer from Barca to PSG left them bitterly disappointed.
As several videos of fans flocking to the airport in anticipation of Messi’s arrival surfaced on social media, reports subsequently emerged that Messi was still in Catalonia.
3 hours until Messi arrives and the La Bourget mini Airport is already packed! With thousands of fans still yet to arrive 🤯🤯 Paris is ready for the 👑 pic.twitter.com/gNOWboiy5E
— mx (SUSPENDED) (@MessiMX10i_) August 9, 2021
The current scenes outside Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport as PSG fans await the arrival of Lionel Messi! 🛬 pic.twitter.com/aKySTcKNyS
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) August 9, 2021
Messi’s arrival is going to shut down the entire city of Paris.. pic.twitter.com/28XdCuSH5C
— J. (@MessiIizer) August 9, 2021
Messi’s arrival in Paris getting more attention than Ronaldo’s transfers to three different clubs combined 😭
— ganesh (@breathMessi21) August 9, 2021
Scenes at Paris airport waiting for Messi 👀🛬🔜
— 433 (@433) August 9, 2021
Messi’s arrival in Paris is more than a world leader’s arrival. Salute to the goat 😂😂
— Mr. Pressdent🇬🇭 (@Korsogyimi) August 9, 2021
Ronaldo: Join me at Juventus, I’ll show you how to win Ballon D’or.
Mbappe: Leave me! I’m going to play with Messi in Paris. He has more Ballon D’ors.
— God’s_Last_Born🥰💕 (@DInflation) August 8, 2021
Later, a video of the Argentine captain relaxing at his Barcelona home also went viral on social media, confirming the 34-year-old was still in Spain and the date of his arrival in Paris could be anybody’s guess, despite rumours that PSG could unveil him on Tuesday.
In Paris: Fans going haywire, expecting to see Messi to land in a jet from Barcelona ahead of his move to PSG
— Reshad Rahman (@ReshadRahman_) August 9, 2021
The French club is the overwhelming favourite to seal a deal with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner, especially after Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola declared that the English side wasn’t keen to sign Messi, who is arguably one of the best players in the world.
PSG already boasts a formidable attack, featuring the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, and if they do secure Messi’s place in the team, they would have the most potent top-3 in the world.
Messi, though, will not be the first high profile name from the football world to join the Parc des Princes.
The likes of ex-Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos, Italian Euro 2020 winner Gianluigi Donnarumma, and Messi’s former Barca teammate, Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldu have already secured their future at the club after all of them arrived in Paris on a free transfer.
PSG transfer window this season:
1. Lionel Messi for free
2. Sergio Ramos for free
3. Donnarumma for free
4. Wijnaldum for free
5. Achraf Hakimi for 70 Million
This is genuinely the best transfer window in football history. pic.twitter.com/gVkUvc9sIH
— Mian Hammad (@MianHammad007) August 9, 2021
It is not just the presence of Neymar, his great friend, which inspired Messi to join PSG. Club manager Mauricio Pochettino, like Messi, began his career at Newell’s Old Boys in Rosario, his hometown in Argentina.
These have been a bittersweet two months for Messi after he won his maiden international trophy with Argentina, having captured the Copa America title, beating Brazil in the final in July before agreeing to a new deal with Barcelona and taking a 50 percent pay cut.
But the Spanish club’s mounting debt and their escalating financial crisis meant they couldn’t register his contract.
On the other hand, Pochettino, who desperately wants to win the Ligue 1 crown during the upcoming season after Lille surprised them last season, would make every possible attempt to snap Messi from the market as soon as possible.
Last weekend, PSG opened their 2021-22 campaign with a close 2-1 triumph over Troyes.