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Football | PSG confirm Lionel Messi signing

Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed the signing of Lionel Messi on a free transfer from Barcelona.

Messi, 34, has signed a two-year contract with the French club following his departure from Barca after 21 years at Camp Nou.

The six-time Ballon d'Or winner bid Barcelona a tearful farewell on Tuesday, with a new deal with the Catalan giants falling through due to the La Liga side's ongoing financial difficulties.

"Paris St Germain is delighted to announce the signing of Leo Messi on a two-year contract with an option of a third year," a club statement confirmed.

"The six-time Ballon d'Or winner is justifiably considered a legend of the game and a true inspiration for those of all ages inside and outside football.

"The signing of Leo reinforces Paris St Germain's aspirations as well as providing the club's loyal fans with not only an exceptionally talented squad, but also moments of incredible football in the coming years."

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Messi, who scored 672 goals in 778 appearances and won 35 trophies for Barcelona, says he will "help build something great" in Paris.

"I am excited to begin a new chapter of my career at Paris Saint-Germain," he said.

"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."

PSG have also confirmed that Messi - who is set to form a formidable looking front three with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe - will wear the number 30 jersey.

The Argentinian's arrival at Parce des Princes follows a busy summer in the French capital, which has seen Mauricio Pochettino's side sign Sergio Ramos (free transfer), Georginio Wijnaldum (free transfer), Gianluigi Donnaruma (free transfer) and Achraf Hakimi.

PSG will be aiming to retake their Ligue 1 throne from last season's title-winners Lille, and will also be looking to finally secure the Champions League trophy.

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