Messi Now Confirmed To Join PSG While Mbappé Joins Real Madrid

Former Barcelona star Lionel Messi could be in Paris as early as Tuesday, according to Spanish sports daily Mundo Deportivo.

Whereas another specialist daily, Marca, says the Argentinian's transfer could force Paris St-Germain to sell French international striker Kylian Mbappé to Real Madrid.

The Argentinian football ace was in tears at the start of Sunday's Barcelona press conference, at which he was enthusiastically applauded by teammates and working journalists.

Clearly emotional, he began by confirming that he is leaving Barcelona, where he has played his entire professional career.

The 34-year-old superstar said he never expected to leave Barcelona under the conditions imposed by the Covid pandemic.

Messi described this departure as the saddest and most difficult moment in his career.

He said he had believed up to the last moment that some sort of deal could have been hammered out. It just wasn't possible.

As for the future, the six times Ballon d'Or winner was solidly evasive.

Asked if he was about to sign for the Paris club, he replied:

“It's one possibility among others. I've had a lot of calls. Right now, nothing is decided for sure.”

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PSG are one of the few rich clubs that would be able to afford the Argentinian.

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