By Mukwuzi Joseph
HIs tearful departure from Barcelona behind him, Lionel Messi and Paris Saint-Germain have apparently agreed to a two-year contract to play for the French club,
He is expected to arrive in Paris soon and take a physical exam before signing the contract, which includes an option for a third year. A news conference is expected Wednesday at PSG’s Parc des Princes stadium, according L’ Equipe, which first reported the news, and multiple outlets.
The six-time winner of the Ballon d’Or, Messi will join an already formidable PSG team that includes Neymar, with whom he once played at Barcelona, and Kylian Mbappe, the young French striker.
Messi became a free agent June 30 when his contract expired and Barcelona said it could no longer afford to keep him, even after he took a pay cut, under La Liga salary rules. Late last week, it was clear that he was leaving, with PSG the likely landing spot, when Barcelona President Joan Laporta said that trying to keep Messi was a “risky” investment that would have hurt the club for 50 years.