Lionel Messi officially signed a 2-year contract with the option of a 1-year extension with PSG, after leaving Barcelona on a free transfer. At the French team, Messi will enjoy a huge salary of up to 35 million euros/season after tax, excluding bonuses.
Messi is said to have chosen the number 30 shirt at the Park of the Princes, instead of the number 10 that has made the brand for many years. 30 is the shirt number attached to the Argentine superstar when he first debuted with Barca’s first team in the 2004-2005 season. Notably, PSG will have to file a request for the Ligue 1 BTC to allow Messi to use the number 30 because according to the tournament’s regulations, shirt numbers 1, 16 and 30 are used for goalkeepers.
Messi wears number 30 at PSG
However, this is not the only privilege that PSG gives Messi. According to a disclosure from TyC Sports, in the contract signed between the two sides, PSG agreed to let Messi return to serve Argentina in the matches in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, even friendly matches, if the schedule is scheduled. matches the competition in Ligue 1.
That is, Messi wants to give priority to Argentina rather than Ligue 1 and receive a nod from PSG. Right in September, Messi will join Argentina in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers with matches against Venezuela on September 2, Brazil on September 5 and Bolivia on September 9.
There are two reasons why PSG accepted the unprecedented privilege for Messi.
PSG is ready to give Messi privileges
First, the 2022 World Cup may be the last World Cup that Messi attends. The Argentine superstar won the Copa America 2021 championship in July, and the next goal is to step up to the throne at the largest playground on the planet. The World Cup is also the biggest trophy that Messi has yet to add to his massive collection.
Second, Messi is not interested in the Ligue 1 championship. PSG has also filled the title in the domestic league with 9 championships. Even without Messi’s service, the Park team of the Princes is still capable of regaining the throne from Lille.
The ultimate goal of both Messi and PSG next season is the Champions League. If Messi has not had another time to the top of the Champions League since the 2014-2015 season, PSG even had to wait for the dream of conquering Europe throughout the club’s history.