After his signing was officially announced, Lionel Messi’s Paris Saint-Germain shirts were sold out in 30 minutes on the French football club’s online store.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner arrived in Paris on Tuesday, August 10 for his medical, ahead of completing his sensational free transfer to the Ligue 1 side. Messi was welcomed like royalty when he arrived at the French capital, greeting a delighted multitude who gathered for him as if he was a king. He will be paid €35m net per season including add-ons.
PSG released the official unveiling video at around 21:15 GMT. Messi will be wearing the number 30, the number he wore first at Barcelona, which will allow Neymar to keep his number 10 – Messi’s number at former club, Barcelona.
The number 10 jersey presently belong to Neymar Jr. which he gladly offered to give up, Messi rejected the offer.
In 2003, Messi had worn jersey number 30 in his Barcelona debut. He changed to number 19 in 2006 and wore that same number up until 2008 when Ronaldhino left the club and has worn 10 ever since.
Norwegian/Moroccan journalist, Jonas Adnan Giaever tweeted that Messi’s new shirt was sold out on PSG’s official online store by 21:45, remarkably just a half-hour after his signature was made official.
Messi appeared at an emotional farewell Barcelona conference on Sunday, August 8, before he received a formal contract offer from PSG. He is now PSG’s highest-paid player, ahead of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.