The arrival of Lionel Messi to PSG revolutionized the world of football in this season. His landing is historic, and in a way it was the icing on the cake for a pass market full of figures.
The Parisian club bet strongly to strengthen the squad to achieve the great goal of winning the Champions League. And before the Flea, it shook the European market with luxury hires.
Also from Spain but from Real Madrid, Barcelona’s greatest rival, arrived Sergio Ramos. A winner by nature like Messi, who at 35 will add his experience and leadership.
The former Merengue captain left the club where he spent 16 seasons after a confrontation with president Florentino Pérez. Came as free, although it will be one of the highest contracts of the club.
Gianlugi Donnarumma, goalkeeper who comes from being champion and figure with Italy in the Eurocup, also came as free from Milan, after eight seasons in the Italian giant: signed a contract until 2026. Present and future.
Georginio Wijnaldum, captain of the Netherlands team, who arrives as one of Liverpool’s figures, was wanted by Barcelona and a priority for DT Ronald Koeman, but signed for PSG.
“It was not an easy decision, they are two very big clubs. Barcelona loved me but PSG negotiated faster for my arrival ”, acknowledged the 30-year-old midfielder, who signed until 2024 and it came, too, as free.
Messi, Ramos, Donnarumma and Wijnaldum arrived “for free”: the club did not pay for their passes, but it is clear that they will have unbeatable contracts within a European market badly hit by the pandemic.
Achraf hakimi, the 22-year-old Moroccan full-back, has just been champion with Inter. In this case, PSG had to pay a lot for his arrival: the Parisian club disbursed 60 million euros. He will have a contract until 2026.
While, Danilo Pereira, who had arrived on loan last season, will remain at the club, after PSG agreed with Porto his purchase in exchange for 16 million euros.
PSG became this European summer the star team in the transfer market, surpassing in hires, with Messi at the head, other greats of Europe such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City.
With the ability to negotiate and the possibilities that Ligue 1 gave them in terms of financial Fair Play, the club managed by Sheikh Nasser Al-Khelaifi brought to its squad figures of enormous world hierarchy. All with a great experience in tow, with the intention of going for the big dream: the Champions League.