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PSG: How Messi made Barcelona U-turn before signing for Ligue 1 champions

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder, Leandro Paredes has revealed how teammate, Lionel Messi made Barcelona U-turn before signing for French Ligue 1 champions.

Messi joined PSG after leaving his boyhood club Barcelona last summer, a move that sent shockwaves across the football world.

And Paredes has now revealed that the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner was on course to sign a new contract at Barcelona before things took a shock U-turn.

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Recall that Messi was all set to extend his stay at Camp Nou, but the Blaugrana could not offer him a contract extension without falling foul of La Liga’s financial fair play rules.

PSG were then quick to snap the Argentine captain up on a free transfer.

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“We had seen him [Messi] in Ibiza the day before, and the next day he was leaving to sign with his club; that was it. We insisted: ‘come with us’, but he told us: ‘I already have everything arranged; tomorrow I will travel to sign,” Paredes told TyC Deportes.

“Then I don’t know what happened on that trip to Barcelona because the same night he was going to sign the contract he told us he was coming here.”

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He added, “When he told me that he had already arranged everything and that he was going to Paris to sign the contract, I told him: ‘I will not believe you until you sign, and I see you with the Paris Saint-Germain shirt.”

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