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Messi talks ‘difficult’ Barcelona exit after signing for PSG

The GOAT admits it’s been a crazy week

Lionel Messi - Presentation at Paris Saint-Germain Photo by Aurelien Meunier - PSG/PSG via Getty Images

Lionel Messi was officially unveiled as a PSG player on Wednesday and spoke about how it’s been a whirlwind week since Barcelona shocked the world by announcing he would be leaving.

The Catalans put out a statement on Thursday which was followed by an emotional press conference on Sunday where Messi told the world he hadn’t wanted to leave.

Messi then put pen to paper on a deal with PSG on Tuesday and tried to explain what the last few days have been like for him.

“The truth is, it’s hard to put into words what I’ve had to live through this week,” he said.

“It was really difficult what happened with Barcelona — saying farewell after being there my whole life in one place. And after three days — without forgetting what happened — everything changed. I was living with a lot of doubt, a lot of nerves, a lot of anticipation that this would happen and well ... a lot of excitement and desire to get started.

“It was a really special arrival, the welcome from the people who welcomed me, who came out onto the streets. I’m very excited to start this new era that I’m going to live and I’m ready to start my new life here in Paris.”

The 34-year-old went on to speak about how he’s hoping he can win another Champions League with PSG to add to the four European Cups he won at Barca.

“For me on a personal level, I would love to win another Champions, like I’ve said in previous years, and I think I’ve come to the ideal place that’s ready for that,” he said.

“We have the same goals. It’s got impressive players, one of the best squads in the world and, hopefully, we can achieve that goal which Paris wants so much, I want so much and hopefully we can enjoy it with the people of Paris too.”

Source | CNN

PSG will be expected to win the Champions League now after a busy summer in the transfer market. The French club have also added Sergio Ramos, Georginio Wijnaldum, Gianluigi Donnarumma, and Achraf Hakimi to their squad.