Lionel Messi has set his sights on more Champions League glory after being unveiled as a Paris Saint-Germain player yesterday as hundreds of fans gathered outside the club’s stadium hoping to see their new idol.
The 34-year-old Argentinian superstar was presented to media from all over the world at a news conference at the Parc des Princes after arriving in the French capital the previous day and penning a two-year contract with the option of a third season.
PSG quickly emerged as the favourites to sign Messi following the shock of his departure last week from Barcelona and he arrives eyeing a fifth Champions League, with the most recent of his four victories 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 that chance and to do it,” Messi told reporters inside a packed auditorium, with the audience including his wife Antonella, their children, and his father and agent, Jorge.
Messi and Barcelona were knocked out of the Champions League last season by PSG, who went on to reach the semi-finals following their run to the final in 2020.
“Sometimes you can have the best team in the world and not win. That’s football,” Messi, who won 35 trophies in total with Barca, added as he prepares to team up with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in Paris.
“We know how difficult the Champions League is but Paris know that too – they have come very close in recent years but it is a competition in which the best teams take part and the best team doesn’t always win.”
PSG are reportedly paying 35 million euros ($41 million) a year to Messi, who will wear the number 30 jersey – fans were already queuing up outside the club’s different shops in the capital on Wednesday morning to buy the shirt with his name and number on the back.
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