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Lionel Messi Signs with PSG After Leaving Barcelona

In one of the biggest signings this year, soccer legend and recent Copa America winner, Lionel Messi has signed with French League One team, Paris Saint-Germain after his contract with Barcelona expired earlier this summer.

Messi has signed a two-year contract with the team, with an option of extending for a further year. He is expecting to earn between $35-41 million net a year, according to ESPN. Messi had previously spent his entire career with Barcelona after joining their youth team in 2000, but the Catalan Club announced he would not be staying after being unable to register his new contract due to financial constraints.

Messi had agreed to a new five-year contract with the team but that would mean that the club’s wage bill would be too much. Even with Messi being willing to take a 50% wage cut, but the team had failed to offload other players to reduce the wage bill in time.

Messi will be reunited with his former Barca teammate, Neymar, and young star, Kylian Mbappe, to form a pretty stacked team. “I am excited to begin a new chapter of my career at Paris Saint-Germain,” said Messi.

“Everything about the club matches my football ambitions. I know how talented the squad and the coaching staff are here. I am determined to help build something special for the club and the fans, and I am looking forward to stepping out onto the pitch at the Parc des Princes.” Messi said in a statement.

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