Messi on joining PSG: I’m very happy and excited to come here.

Leo Messi: “Leaving Barcelona was so hard. But I’m so happy to join Paris Saint-Germain, ambitious club with a top team. They’ve been so fast and serious in the negotiations immediatly after Barça statement last Thursday”

“The team here is incredible. There have been some amazing signings. This will be an unbelievable experience for me. I do not know when I will first be able to play & I might need some preseason conditioning first.”

“Everything that happened me in the last week was hard, and fast too. It was emotional, changed from one day to the next, so many feelings. Nobody prepared for that. But I am excited about this new stage for my career and my family.”

“The welcome I received was wonderful. I feel incredibly happy. I can’t wait to get started with my teammates.”

‘I come from one month of vacation. Surely I will have to do a preparation, start training and when I am ready to start playing. I hope it will be soon.’

“My goal & my dream is to win the Champions League once more. I think that we have the team to do it here.”

“I have acquaintances and friends in the PSG dressing room. Both Paris and I were looking for the same goals, one of the reasons for the signing is the dressing room, that did a lot to choose this club.”

Lionel Messi is asked about upset Barca fans and raises the prospect of facing his former team: “It was very complicated to exit Barcelona without knowing where I was going to go. Barcelona is my home, I have been there since I was a kid. They knew I would arrive in a strong team, a team aiming to win the Champions League. I love to win. I want to have important goals. I know my goals and PSG’s goals are the same and want to be bigger and bigger.

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“I don’t know if we will face Barcelona. It would be very nice to go back to Barcelona. I hope it would be with fans given the pandemic. It would be very strange to play there in another shirt but it can happen and we will see.”