Argentinian football legend says he is excited to begin a new chapter of his career at Paris Saint-Germain and that everything about the club "matches my football ambitions."
Lionel Messi successfully passed his medical test, French media reported, as he is expected to sign an initial two-year deal on Wednesday.
ESPN reports that Messi will be joining Paris Saint-Germain on a two-year deal with an option for a third season.
As Lionel Messi prepared to say farewell to Barcelona in a club press conference, French fans and media alike were salivating over the impact the superstar's mooted arrival at Paris Saint-Germain would have on the club and the French league.
Lionel Messi is out of contract at the Camp Nou and is available on a free transfer but it is not clear what roads are open to him.
Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez scored twice at the Etihad Stadium to eliminate Paris Saint-Germain in semifinal, winning 4-1 on aggregate. The team will face the winner from the Chelsea v Real Madrid match on May 29 in Istanbul.
Laporta was last president at Barca between 2003 and 2010, which included overseeing the hugely successful appointment of Pep Guardiola as coach and the iconic treble-winning team of 2008/9.
The 22-year-old Kylian Mbappe's goals in the round of 16 first-leg tie made him the first-ever player to score a hat-trick against Barcelona in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
A touchline argument erupted during a December game over accusations the Romanian fourth official, Sebastian Coltescu, had described Basaksehir's Cameroonian assistant coach Pierre Webo as "black", or "negru" in Romanian.
Coach Mauricio Pochettino was manager of Tottenham in the Premier League for five years and led the Spurs to the Champions League final in 2019.
Neymar was one of five players sent off after an injury-time brawl including punching and kicking at Parc des Princes.
Silva arrives on a free transfer after leaving Paris Saint-Germain following the club's defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.
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