The dream has become reality. Lionel Messi passed his medical with Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday 10 August at the American Hospital in Neuilly. The Argentine number 10 will sign a two-year contract with an option for another year with the club. Messi will be presented on Wednesday 11 August at 11am at the Parc des Princes. A great signing that will undoubtedly make PSG fans, managers and players dream more. While waiting to see him on the Ligue 1 pitch, the sporting world is reacting to this great event.
It's happiness in Paris. The arrival of Lionel Messi is indeed an event that no one wants to be told. You have to witness the history that is currently being written in the French Ligue 1. Messi has already brought joy and good humor to the hearts of the Parisian fans.
His future team-mates are equally euphoric about the arrival of the Argentine genius. Among those showing their happiness is new recruit Gianluigi Donnarumma. The European champion goalkeeper with Italy did not hide his joy at seeing Messi join him in Paris. "He's the best, the strongest in the world, I'm excited and happy at the idea of having him in the team," he told Sky Italia.
The Ligue 1 is also in turmoil. There is no shortage of reactions. Claude Puel, coach of Les Verts, has welcomed the arrival of La Pulga. But, the technician is already asking the question about the collective balance to find for PSG.
I'm not going to be able to play in the Premier League," he said. "If Messi arrives in Ligue 1, it would be a plus in terms of quality and notoriety. He's a crazy player. I'm not sure what team can bring Messi in today," Puel said. "There aren't many. The problem would be to ensure a certain balance in the team. Because when you have a player like that, you can't have five or six. You have to find a balance. But that is not up to me," he continued in the press conference.
Messi in Ligue 1, a plus in quality and notoriety
Interviewed by Canal + in the context of the European Supercup that Chelsea will play against Villarreal, Thomas Tuchel, the former coach of Paris Saint-Germain, has not also escaped, questions about the arrival of Lionel Messi at the club.
"Lionel Messi is good for every team in the world. I'm a bit sad that Messi won't finish his career at Barca. He and Barcelona were one and the same. Like every coach, the PSG coach is going to have work to do." So Mauricio Pochettino has been warned by his predecessor on the PSG bench.
The former Paris Saint-Germain (2001-2003) and Barcelona player Ronaldinho (2003-2008) also posted a message on his Twitter account to express his delight at the arrival of his friend and former team-mate Leo Messi at the French capital club.
"It's a huge joy to have been able to play for both clubs and to now see my friend wearing this shirt. May many moments of joy come Leo!!! I'm also happy to see my friend Sergio Ramos in the team... It's a great eleven... I'm smelling the Champions League hahaha," the Brazilian wrote on his Twitter account.