Before joining PSG, Lionel Messi “rejects Neymar’s gesture” and is planning a bittersweet move.
Lionel Messi has received a beautiful gesture from Neymar ahead of his projected move to PSG.
When Lionel Messi completes his anticipated move to Paris Saint-Germain, he is expected to decline a gesture of goodwill from former Barcelona teammate Neymar. Barca shocked the world by announcing the iconic forward’s exit on Thursday, citing an inability to register him ahead of the new La Liga season.
The Spanish giants are unable to sign new players because they have exceeded the pay cap that all La Liga clubs must adhere to.
Messi would have been a new signing for Barcelona because they failed to agree on a new contract before June 30 and so enabled him to become a free agent.
Barca confirmed the 34-year-exit old’s in a brief statement, blaming La Liga’s player registration restrictions.
On Friday, Messi had an emotional press conference to say his goodbyes.
After 21 years with the Catalan club, the focus quickly shifted to who Messi might play for next.
After Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola ruled out a reunion with his former player last week, PSG has moved to the front of the queue.
Messi will reunite with ex-Barcelona teammate Neymar at the French club, and the Brazilian is said to have offered a welcome gift.
According to Marca, Neymar is willing to give up the No. 10 shirt that became synonymous with Messi during his tenure at Barcelona.
Since his world-record £200 million move from Barcelona in 2017, Neymar has worn the number.
However, according to the Spanish site, Messi has declined the gesture and PSG is arranging for a new number with major significance.
Messi wore No 19 and No 30 before he donned No 10 at Barca, so those are two options.
With 2004, Messi debuted for the La Liga giants in the number 30 jersey against Espanyol.
In a 2-0 win over Albacete in May 2005, he scored his first senior goal while wearing the number.
For one more season, the La Masia graduate wore No. 30 before switching to No. 19 for the 2006-07 season.
Messi wore the number for two years before switching to No 10 in 2008 after Ronaldinho moved to AC Milan.
Messi wore number 10 at Barcelona for 13 years. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”