Lionel Messi receives formal two-year contract offer from PSG after Barcelona’s departure

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Lionel Messi has been given a formal two-year contract by Paris Saint-Germain.

The French club have offered Messi an initial two-year contract, believed to be worth £25million a year after tax, and the six-time Ballon d’Or winner and his representatives are now watching and considering it carefully.

Messi also has two other possible options after he leaves Barcelona, ​​but PSG remains the favorite to sign him.

Barcelona announced that Messi would not move on at the club after they were unable to fulfill a new contract agreed with the player due to “financial and structural obstacles”.

The Argentina international spoke directly with PSG head coach Mauricio Pochettino this week about a move to the French capital.

Asked if PSG will be his next step at his farewell press conference on Sunday, Messi said: “That’s an opportunity to reach those heights.

“I haven’t confirmed anything with anyone. I’ve had a lot of calls, a lot of interested clubs. At the moment nothing is closed, but we talk about a lot of things.”

PSG soon emerged as the frontrunners for his signature, in a move that would reunite him with former Barcelona team-mate Neymar.

Messi said during an emotional farewell press conference on Sunday that he did not want to leave Barcelona.

Messi was in tears as he received a standing ovation at his last press conference in Barcelona to announce the end of his 21 years at the club.

Barcelona confirmed Messi’s departure on Thursday evening, the same day he returned to Catalonia after his holiday after the Copa America.

Messi had traveled to Barcelona expecting to agree to details of the announcement of his new five-year deal, and confirmed he was offering to cut his wages by 50 per cent.

“This year my family and I were convinced that we would stay at home, that’s what we all wanted most,” said Messi.

“We had always made this our own, we were at home. We thought we would stay here in Barcelona. But today we have to say goodbye to this.”

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