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ATLANTA, GEORGIA—The head coach of Paris Saint-Germain told the media that he first consider the idea of the team to get former FC Barcelona superstar Argentine striker Lionel Messi as a form of a prank.
PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino said he initially thought that getting Messi is a joke since he thought the soccer superstar would never leave Barcelona.
“I thought it was a joke,” Pochettino said.
Pochettino said when he realized that PSG is serious about getting Messi he is happy and supportive of the idea because he knew a lot of teams are salivating to get Messi.
“I told him: ‘Do we have to go and get him? Do I have to drive the van?”, Pochettino added.
In signing a two-year deal with PSC, Messi hopes to win another Champions League crown.
In his formal introduction to the media as a member of PSG, Messi said leaving FCB was one of the toughest moments in his life.
Messi said that now that he had a new team with PSG he is very motivated to play and hopefully win championships with the soccer club.
“My exit from Barca was very tough, after so many years, but as soon as I arrived here I was so happy, so motivated, so excited. It has happened so fast, but I am enjoying it so much,” Messi said.
“My goal and my dream are to win the Champions League once more. I think that we have the team to do it here,” Messi added.
In signing his PSG contract, Messi is expected to earn between €30-35 million ($35-41m) net a year.
PSG was able to contact Messi on August 4 after his supposed five-year contract with Barca fell due to economic problems.
Now that Messi is a PSG player, it would increase the likelihood of Kylian Mbappe, who is out of contract next summer, signing a new long-term deal with the club.

By bob

A veteran soccer journalist who is an avid fan of Atlanta United and Lionel Messi.

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