the argentinian Lionel Messi gave a press conference in the auditorium of the Parisian stadium Parc des Princes, in what was his first word as a PSG player. He was accompanied by the president of his new club, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi.
Messi said he wants to “play as soon as possible”, although he remembered that he was on vacation for a long time after winning the Copa America and that he may need a mini pre-season. “I’m very happy, my departure from Barcelona was difficult, it took many years and the change is difficult after such a long time. I have a lot of desire and enthusiasm “, he emphasized.
“The same illusion as when I was a baby”
The Argentine – who will finally wear the jacket with the number 30 on the back – guaranteed that his goal is “keep growing, keep winning titles” and praised his new teammates on campus. “I’m going to compete with the best and that’s good,” he said.
“In Barcelona many years passed, I had many experiences, they made me grow as an athlete and as a person. What I can say is that I love football, that I have the same illusion as when I was a baby and that I will give up everything to try to reach my goals “
Furthermore, Messi highlighted “the deal” and the speed with which the Parisian club authorities acted to settle his signing. “A very difficult situation and solving it the way we did and so quickly. I want to thank you for the agreement, I’m happy to be here, excited, with great desire”, he thanked.
Thiago, Mateo and Ciro Messi with PSG
Messi arrived at the press conference accompanied by his three children, Thiago, Mateo and Ciro, all dressed in the PSG jersey. The Argentine was then taken out of the stadium, where a crowd awaited him amidst screams and flames. The striker greeted and even posed with a scarf from his new club.
Later, Rosario took the field, where the press was waiting for him and he gave brief interviews, starting with the official PSG channel. “I think the club has grown a lot,” Messi told the interviewer.
Messi arrived in Paris on Tuesday with his family to sign a contract with the Paris team and undergo rigorous medical examinations at the American Hospital. The debut is not yet confirmed – this Saturday PSG will face Strasbourg – but what is certain is that the French capital already has its new diamond.