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Messi to PSG LIVE: Argentina star's official unveiling & press conference

Lionel Messi has completed a sensational move to the French giants - watch the official unveiling and press conference!

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That's all from us!

2021-08-11T11:00:00Z

Thanks for joining Goal for Lionel Messi's first official PSG press conference!

What a morning, especially for fans of the Paris giants and French football in general.

Here's a look back at what was said:

Messi excited to play with 'world's best' Neymar & Mbappe

'No excuse for Mbappe to leave now!' - Al-Khelaifi

Messi signing does not break FFP rules, insists PSG president

 Messi admits he may need his own pre-season

Au revoir! 👋

'If we sign Leo, it's because we can'

2021-08-11T10:50:00Z

Paris Saint-Germain are not in violation of UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules by signing Lionel Messi, president Nasser Al-Khelaifi insists.

"We have the capacity to sign him," said Al-Khelaifi. "If we sign Leo, it's because we can, otherwise we would not have done it."

Read the story in full!

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What can they expect from Messi in Paris?

2021-08-11T10:45:28Z

Well, let's see...

'No excuse for Mbappe to leave now'

2021-08-11T10:40:00Z

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says "there is no excuse" for Kylian Mbappe not to stay at the club following the arrival of Lionel Messi.

"Well, we have the most competitive in the world right now. So there is no excuse for him now. He can't do anything else but stay."

Read the full story on Goal!

Messi: I may need a pre-season

2021-08-11T10:28:17Z

Lionel Messi says he's unsure when he will make his Paris Saint-Germain debut after joining the French giants on a free transfer due to the fact he may "need a pre-season".

"I'm going to begin to train and work and I hope I can play as soon as I can, when the staff thinks I'm OK, I'll be ready."

Read the story in full!

Messi meets the PSG Ultras

2021-08-11T10:04:15Z

A rapturous reception for the six-time Ballon d'Or winner.

Flares, fireworks, drums, chants, you name it!

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Bienvenue Leo Messi!

2021-08-11T09:57:03Z

The official duties continue.

Lionel Messi has now made his way out to the Parc des Princes pitch for more photos, posing with president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

He'll be meeting with the fans soon as well.

Messi, Neymar, Mbappe 😳

2021-08-11T09:55:52Z

Lionel Messi says he is excited to play alongside the world's "best players" after joining Paris Saint-Germain.

The move sees him reunite with ex-Barca team-mate Neymar and France striker Kylian Mbappe and the forward is excited to feature alongside the pair.

Read the full story on Goal!

And that's that!

2021-08-11T09:42:48Z

Huge applause erupts as the press conference concludes.

Some people began chanting "MESSI! MESSI! MESSI!" and "VAMOS MESSI!" 😂

Messi: Pochettino was a big part of my decision

2021-08-11T09:41:52Z

"The coaching staff and the squad had a lot to do with me choosing this club," said Messi.

“I know the coach Mauricio Pochettino very well. The fact that he is Argentinian helped from the start, it was important in my decision making."

'PSG are ready to win the Champions League'

2021-08-11T09:37:24Z

"This team is ready," said Messi. "There are some new transfers, but they have been close and are ready. I have just come here to help.

"My dream is to win this trophy again and I think Paris is the best place to do so."

Will Leo bring PSG over the line, finally?

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'I hope Leo won't ask for a bigger salary!'

2021-08-11T09:33:11Z

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi was asked about FFP...

"We always fulfilled our obligations about Financial Fair Play. As soon as we saw we had the capacity to sign Messi we signed him. If we didn't we wouldn't have signed him," said Al-Khelaifi. 

"He's a big asset for the club. Every single part of the club has increased in the three days. 

"I hope Leo will not ask for more salary! But always we will always fulfill Financial Fair Play regulations."

'Neymar & I will be stronger together'

2021-08-11T09:30:54Z

"Neymar and I know each other very well," Messi told reporters. "I hope we will be stronger together and with all our team-mates."

Steph Curry: Messi has good taste 👀

2021-08-11T09:30:08Z

Messi hails PSG fans 😍 👏

2021-08-11T09:28:39Z

"I am really grateful to the people in the street. I was in Barcelona when the press reported that people were already out in the streets," Messi says of the PSG fans celebrating his arrival.

"It is incredible. I want to thank them and I want to see them in the city and the stadium. It will be an incredible year."

Messi excited to play with Mbappe and Neymar 🤩

2021-08-11T09:23:26Z

Who wouldn't be?!

'I am excited about this new stage for my career'

2021-08-11T09:22:18Z

"Everything that happened me in the last week was hard, and fast too," says Messi.

"It was emotional, it changed from one day to the next, there were so many feelings. Nobody was prepared for that.

"But I am excited about this new stage for my career and my family."

Messi hails 'incredible' PSG

2021-08-11T09:19:10Z

"The team here is incredible," says the Argentine. "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 and I might need some pre-season conditioning first."

'I've enjoyed Paris from the first minute'

2021-08-11T09:17:08Z

"My exit from Barcelona has been a difficult change but the moment I arrived here, I've been very happy," says Messi.

"I've enjoyed my time in Paris from the first minute."

He added: "I am very grateful that such complicated negotiations were made so easy. Truly. I feel this club is ready to fight for every title."

'An amazing and historic day'

2021-08-11T09:10:00Z

The president welcomes the 🐐

"This is an amazing and historic day for football and the club," says PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who looks very happy.

"Everyone knows Leo - he is the only football player to win six Ballons d'Or. It will be very exciting for our supporters and fans worldwide."

MESSI! MESSI! MESSI!

2021-08-11T09:07:47Z

The PSG fans are going wild chanting Messi's name.

HERE WE GO!

2021-08-11T09:07:04Z

Messi is IN the building!

Not everyone is happy...

2021-08-11T09:05:13Z

PSG and their fans are understandably delighted to see a player who is widely considered to be the best of all time at their club, but not everyone is happy.

Barcelona stalwart and former team-mate of Messi, Andres Iniesta is sad to see the Argentine leave Camp Nou.

“It will hurt to see him in another team’s shirt. Leo personifies Barcelona. He was everything, he’s a player who transcends the team," said Iniesta. "I’ve never seen a player like him and I don’t think I ever will."

Read the full story!

'Back together'

2021-08-11T09:04:18Z

Neymar is delighted to be reunited with his former Barcelona team-mate.

Read the full story!

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🚨 Press conference set to begin 🚨

2021-08-11T08:59:53Z

An expectant crowd waits outside Parc des Princes!

We understand the press conference will begin very shortly.

Stay tuned!

What has Messi said?

2021-08-11T08:58:41Z

As we wait for the press conference to begin, here is what Messi said following the confirmation of his signing yesterday.

"I am impatient to start a new chapter of my career in Paris", Messi told the PSG website.

"The club and its vision are in perfect harmony with my ambitions. I know how talented the players and staff are here.

"I am determined to build, alongside them, something great for the club and for the fans. I can't wait to set foot on the Parc des Princes pitch."

Where will Messi play for PSG?

2021-08-11T08:56:07Z

That is the big question that Mauricio Pochettino must answer.

"One of the few sticks that critics have left to beat Messi is that he has not proven himself away from Barca, whose brand of football has been devoted to getting the best from the 34-year-old almost since he first exploded onto the scene nearly two decades ago.

"Having won a major international honour in the summer as he led Argentina to the Copa America, Messi will now seek to silence what is perhaps the last major argument against his name.

"Of course, simply winning Ligue 1 will not cut it; he has to lead PSG to their first Champions League title.

"But how will head coach Mauricio Pochettino use Messi in order to do this?"

Read Robin Bairner's explainer here!

Leo Messi #30 - yes or no? 🤔

2021-08-11T08:54:47Z

Neymar has the No. 10 so Messi will wear No. 30 at PSG.

Will you be wearing one this season?

So it actually happened! 😳

2021-08-11T08:50:00Z

Lionel Messi has joined Paris Saint-Germain!

The six-time Ballon d'Or winner brought his magical time at Barcelona to an emotional end, but a new chapter is set to begin in France.

He will be officially unveiled and speak to the media today. You can watch it all in the video above.

Stick with Goal for all the latest from Paris as it happens!