Lionel Messi trains for the first time with Paris Saint-Germain

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Messi had his first training session with his new team, Paris Saint-Germain, this Thursday. The criticism and comments for his sudden departure from FC Barcelona do not stop. Among these, Javier Tebas, president of LaLiga, regretted the departure of the Argentine star and assured that it has been “a bit traumatic.”

Lionel Messi held his first training session with Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday, just one day after his official presentation in the French capital’s team, where he will play two seasons until 2023, with the possibility of an extension to one more year.

Messi arrived at Camp des Loges at 09:15 in the morning, according to the RMC Sport channel, and the training was held behind closed doors after the effusive reception of his new teammates, according to the official website of the club.

On the outskirts, dozens of fans of the Argentine gathered in the hope of seeing him or asking for an autograph. Messi arrived on the field accompanied by his wife Antonella Rocusso and their children.

Messi said on Wednesday that it was up to PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino what the first day would be to officially play for his new team and said he had not had “real training sessions” for a month.

Although the French league enters its second round this weekend, the date to see the 34-year-old Argentine star on the courts in the 30 shirt has yet to be confirmed. “I hope it is as soon as possible,” said the athlete. “I can’t give you an appointment. It will depend on the training and how you feel and when the coaches think I’m ready,” Messi responded to the cameras.

“My goal and my dream is to lift the Champions League trophy and I believe that I am in the right place to have the best chances of achieving it,” said Messi. “When you see this team, you really want to play with them because there are many possibilities,” he added.

Messi referred to the reunion with Neymar as a key factor in his decision to sign for Paris Saint-Germain. “We have the same goal. And Neymar, of course, did a lot and was important for my election,” he confessed.

Messi helped FC Barcelona win four Champions League trophies. The PSG, financed by Qatar, has sought to win this League but lost the 2020 final against Bayern Munich. Everything seems to indicate that the forward formula between Neymar, Messi and the winner of the World Cup in France, Kylian Mbappé, could give the conditions to win the trophy. The Argentine was enthusiastic about the new squad he has just completed. “I’m going to play with the best players, it’s very nice, it’s incredible to be able to experience this,” he said.

Messi became the most desired free agent in football history these days, after his wishes to stay at Barcelona were rejected by a series of financial regulations of the Spanish football league.

A fan poses in a Paris St Germain Lionel Messi soccer jersey after purchasing it from a Paris St Germain store in Paris, France, on August 11, 2021. © Sarah Meyssonnier / Reuters

“Messi’s departure has been a bit traumatic”

The Argentine Mauricio Pochettino, PSG coach, rushed to know the opportunity to sign the considered one of the best players in the world. “It was positioned and everything was very fast and it was easy. It happened in a short time. It was a difficult situation and they were efficient,” confessed Messi.

Javier Tebas, president of LaLiga, said this Thursday that the departure of Leo Messi from Barcelona has been “a bit traumatic.” “Barcelona was entitled to 275 million euros of this agreement but Barcelona has very intelligent people making decisions and in the last decisions they are taking it shows,” he said with irony.

It is evident that we always want to have the best in the Spanish League. Neymar left, Cristiano left and now Messi has left. It was a somewhat traumatic departure because for a month everything was going well and in one afternoon he falls. It hurts that Messi leaves but we have worked hard so that the value of our rights does not fall, “lamented Tebas.

For his part, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, president of Paris Saint-Germain, described the signing as “a historic day for the club, the world of football and it is a fantastic moment for us.” He added that “everyone knows Leo … He makes football magical, beautiful and a winner. It will be very exciting for our fans and fans around the world.”

In 2017 PSG paid $ 261 million to sign Neymar from Barcelona. Sources linked to the negotiation told The Associated Press that Messi will earn around 35 million euros – about 41 million dollars – net a year, excluded from paying any transfer between clubs because his contract had expired and was not renewed.

Messi will wear the number 30 on his shirt, the same one that he used in his first two seasons with Barcelona, ​​the club to which he belonged since he was 13 years old, then he changed to 19 and culminated his stage with 10, which at PSG is worn by his friend Neymar.

With AP and EFE