Reacting to tonight’s announcement that Paris Saint-Germain had secured the signing of Lionel Messi, Vincent Labrune – president of the governing body of France’s professional leagues, the LFP – underlined the historic nature of the signing.
Labrune went on to underline the potential for French football to grow as a result of the Argentine’s arrival, not least in its exposure abroad.
“The arrival of Lionel Messi at Paris Saint-Germain is a planetary event. It’s a historic day for French football and for Ligue 1 Uber Eats. Lionel Messi is a football legend, who has along with Pelé and Diego Maradona made the history of our sport. It’s a fantastic opportunity for French football fans and all lovers of football to be able to watch the best player in the world in our stadiums or on TV.”
“It’s also fantastic news for the exposure of Ligue 1 on an international scale. The arrival of Lionel Messi will grow the attractiveness and visibility of our league across all continents.”
“This unique event is the fruit of the PSG management’s strategy, who have allowed the club to become one of the biggest franchises in world sport in the space of 10 years. In the name of French professional football, I want to thank Nasser Al-Khelaifi for making this dream a reality. Messi is magic.”
Messi is expected to make his debut against Strasbourg four days from now.
The Former Barcelona captain said he’s happy to join the Capital club.
“I am excited to begin a new chapter of my career at Paris Saint-Germain,” Messi said in a statement published on the French club’s website.
“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.”
He’ll team up with his former Barcelona teammate Neymar and with his National team teammate Angel Di Maria.