Lionel Messi dreams of winning the Uefa Champions League with Paris St-Germain.
The Argentina captain, 34, won four Champions League titles with FC Barcelona, the last of which came in 2015.
Coincidentally, the last time he won the prestigious trophy, he was playing alongside his old friend Neymar who was still at Camp Nou at the time.
PSG are still searching for their first title in the competition, having lost to Bayern Munich in the 2020 final.
“My goal and my dream is to win the Champions League once more,” Messi said as he was unveiled as a PSG player.
Messi left Barcelona, who he joined as a 13-year-old, as they were unable to afford a new deal under La Liga’s financial fair play rules. Considered one of the greatest players of all time, he scored a record 672 goals in 778 games for the Catalan giants.
He won the Ballon d’Or a record six times and lifted 35 trophies during his time at the club, but said he is excited to begin a new chapter of his life after a difficult departure from Barcelona.
“I feel this club is ready to fight for all the trophies. This is my goal, I want to keep growing and keep winning titles and that is why I came to this club.”
His arrival in the French capital completes one of the most formidable attacking lines in history. The South American is poised to play in PSG’s frontline alongside the two most expensive players of all time, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi believes that recruiting Messi will be decisive in keeping Mbappe at the club, with the 2018 World Cup winner’s contract set to expire in 2022.
“He wanted a competitive team and I think we have the most competitive in the world, so there is no excuse for him now, he can’t do anything else, but stay,” said Al-Khelaifi.
Defending the club’s spending, Al-Khelaifi added that everyone must focus on the positives of bringing together the best players in world football.
“What you as a media need to focus is not only the negative side but the positive side he will bring to the club.
“We checked with our financial people and knew that we could sign him. Through it all we look at financial fair play and always we will fulfil financial fair play regulations.”
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By FARPost Reporter