Argentine Lionel Messi, six times winner of the Ballon d’Or, has reached an agreement to be a new Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) footballer, the L “Equipe website reported on Tuesday.
According to the newspaper, the private flight in which he will travel from Barcelona to Paris will arrive in the French capital in the next few hours.
If confirmed, he is expected to undergo a medical examination this afternoon at the American hospital in Neuilly to later sign a two-year contract and an optional one.
The Parisian fans have been looking forward to the Argentine star since Monday, when there were already rumors of his arrival: “He is a god, a legend,” they say at Le Bourget airport.
This aerodrome, 17 kilometers north of Paris, is the planned place for landing before finalizing the final details of the contract and passing the medical examination. Hundreds of fans traveled there this Sunday, and this Monday was the scene of waiting again.
Mehmbt, 16, arrived at two in the morning, accompanied by his older brother and has slept in the car to try to take a picture with him: “He is a legend. That he comes to Paris has been a surprise, but also a dream, “he tells EFE.
“We are all impatient,” adds Hugo, another fan. The illusion began to be feasible when it was announced on Thursday that Messi was not going to continue at Barcelona, and that same day the leading role turned to PSG.
“With Messi, Neymar, Mbappé, Di María, Marquinhos, Verratti and the whole team, we are forced to dream,” he emphasizes about the Qataris’ desire to succeed beyond the national championship and to finally win the Champions League.
Mohamed, 18, has been a regular at the Parc des Princes since 2006. He has arrived at Le Bourget wearing the team jersey. Yesterday he could not come because he was working, but this Monday, the day the rumors have continued, he came “early”.
“His arrival is crazy. In a week everything has accelerated. Seeing the evolution of PSG from 2006 to now is incredible,” adds the young man about a team “that years ago we could not even imagine. To say that we are going to have Messi it’s a dream. “
The club has also strengthened its ranks with the Spanish Sergio Ramos, who signed for two seasons on July 8. “He is the best defense in history. We can only bow to this man,” adds Mohamed about the ex-Madridista.
Of another of his stars, Kylian Mbappé, it is known that he will continue one more season, but for the moment he refuses to extend at the club. “As it goes it is going to be very hard because we will lose perhaps the best player of the next ten years,” he maintains.
“I will be there all day, and if necessary also tonight and tomorrow. Only Messi and Paris matter,” says Mohamed, with the same patience as the nearly one hundred fans who gathered next to the security fences.
“We received it as we should,” says Erwan. Messi “has experience in the Champions League and we want it. I think it is necessary at a tactical and strategic level, to accompany us, because he knows how to manage the pressure of the Champions League.”
The Argentine coach, Mauricio Pochettino, has big names in his ranks. “We have to give him a chance. From one day to the next he will not be able to take us to the Champions League. There is work pending. Let’s wait and see what he does,” adds this 19-year-old student, who was born in northern France but says he will PSG in his “heart”.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.