The Argentina international has chosen to wear the No. 30 jersey on the pitch for the French giants as he finds familiar faces at Parc des Princes in Neymar, Angel Di Maria, Sergio Ramos, Keylor Navas and Leandro Paredes.
The Brazilian soccer superstar Neymar who was once former teammates to the legendary 34-years-old and closed friend occupies Messi’s preferred No. 10, which he wore for the majority of his 17-season career with Barcelona.
Lionel Messi also wore the number 30 at Barcelona when he first kicked off his career at being elevated from the youth team, to the senior team. At the time Brazilian Legendary, and former Paris Saint-Germain player, Gaucho Ronaldinho wore the Number 10 Jersey at Barcelona Football Club under Frank Rikjaard who was the then manager.
Reports have suggested that Neymar had offered to make the number available to his close friend but that the record six-time Ballon d’Or winner rejected and preferred to revert to one of his former numbers — 19 and 30.
Ultimately, it will be 30, but that also came with no shortage of complexity. Firstly, it was already taken by backup goalkeeper Alexandre Letellier, and second, the No. 30 is considered a goalkeeper number along with the No. 1 and No. 16 jerseys.
The request was made to France’s Ligue de Football Professionnel with Letellier also stepping aside for Messi to take his number of choice with No. 40 also an emergency goalkeeper number according to the law.
Gianluigi Donnarumma already found out how awkward the French numbering rules can be when he tried to keep his No. 99 jersey from AC Milan but instead had to settle for No. 50 — possibly instead of 40 — with jersey numbers only allowed from 1-30 including three goalkeepers.
Messi Signs Two-Year Contract With PSG
PSG on their Instagram page are super excited to announce the signing of Leo Messi to a two-year contract, with an optional extra year.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner is justifiably considered a legend of the game and a true inspiration for those of all ages inside and outside football.
The signing of Leo reinforces Paris Saint-Germain’s aspirations as well as providing the club’s loyal fans with not only an exceptionally talented squad, but also moments of incredible football in the coming years.
Leo Messi said: “I am excited to begin a new chapter of my career at Paris Saint-Germain. Everything about the club matches my football ambitions. I know how talented the squad and the coaching staff are here. I am determined to help build something special for the club and the fans, and I am looking forward to stepping out onto the pitch at the Parc des Princes.”
Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Chairman and CEO of Paris Saint-Germain said: “I am delighted that Lionel Messi has chosen to join Paris Saint-Germain and we are proud to welcome him and his family to Paris. He has made no secret of his desire to continue competing at the very highest level and winning trophies, and naturally our ambition as a club is to do the same. The addition of Leo to our world class squad continues a very strategic and successful transfer window for the club. Led by our outstanding coach and his staff, I look forward to the team making history together for our fans all around the world.”
With the trio of Messi, Neymar, Mbappe, PSG has built the most hazardous and devastating attack the world has ever seen.