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Lionel Messi's time is up at Barcelona

Lionel Messi's time is up at Barcelona

Lionel Messi's time is up at Barcelona

Lionel Messi has agreed to sign for Paris St Germain, with the numbers behind his contract confirming his status as the world's most valuable footballer.

The six-time world player of the year is a free agent after Barcelona announced they were unable to fulfil the terms of a new contract due to financial difficulties.

The 34-year-old bade an emotional farewell to the Catalan club at a press conference at the weekend.

PSG were immediately linked with the Argentinian and it is now being claimed Messi is set to sign a two-year deal with the French club.

The move would see him link up with his former Nou Camp team-mate and Brazil star Neymar.

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Messi won the Champions League with Guardiola at Barcelona but a reunion at City seems unlikely (Nick Potts/PA)

Messi won the Champions League with Guardiola at Barcelona but a reunion at City seems unlikely (Nick Potts/PA)

Messi won the Champions League with Guardiola at Barcelona but a reunion at City seems unlikely (Nick Potts/PA)

Messi has reportedly remained in Barcelona since the weekend but will now travel to the French capital to finalise the switch.

Reports in France suggest he will earn €35 million a year after tax, with this including a possible signing on bonus and will sign a two-year deal with the option to extend that by a year.

The size of his signing on fee is likely to be colossal and while questions have been asked how PSG have managed to seal the move within UEFA'S Financial Fair Play rules.

Yet those FFP guidelines have been relaxed and changed amid the pandemic and that has helped PSG sign some of the world's top players this summer and hand them huge wages.

Italy keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, Real Madrid legend Sergio Ramos and Dutch midfielder Gini Wijnaldum have all signed for PSG on free transfers that have come with huge wage packets and now they have the biggest prize of them all in Messi.

The Argentine maestro has played his entire club career to date at Barca after joining the club at the age of 13.

He came close to leaving the club after a disagreement last summer but that was eventually resolved. His contract expired at the end of last season and he had agreed to take a pay-cut in a new deal but the club were still unable to proceed.

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He leaves Barca as their record goalscorer with 682 and having won 35 trophies.

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