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Lionel Messi Joins PSG: A Look at Their Potential XI for the 2021/22 Season

Arjun Singh Devgan
PSG have signed Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Achraf Hakimi and Wijanldum so far this summer
PSG have signed Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Achraf Hakimi and Wijanldum so far this summer / Visionhaus/Getty Images
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Paris Saint-Germain completed arguably the biggest signing in the recent past by landing Argentina icon, Lionel Messi, with the striker agreeing to a two-year contract. The deal includes an option to extend by a year and gives the forward a net salary of about €35million with bonuses factored in.

Messi's arrival will make the Ligue 1 giants the definite favourites to win their maiden Champions League title, with the club also strengthening their squad by also signing the likes of Gianluigi Donnarumma, Achraf Hakimi, Sergio Ramos and Georginio Wijnaldum earlier in the summer.

Here, we take a look at how their XI will look like following the signing of the record six-time Ballon d'Or award winner.

1. GK - Gianluigi Donnarumma

Gianluigi Donnarumma
Italy v England - UEFA Euro 2020: Final / Visionhaus/Getty Images

That Gianluigi Donnarumma already made more than 250 appearances for AC Milan at the age of 22. goes to show how impressive he has been in goal so far in his career.

The Italian who was named as the Player of the Tournament at Euro 2020 after leading Italy to the trophy is a definite legend in the making and that PSG got him free represents one of the best pieces of business they have done in recent times.

2. RB - Achraf Hakimi

Achraf Hakimi
Troyes v Paris Saint-Germain - Ligue 1 Uber Eats / Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images

Considered by many to be one of the best right-backs of his generation, Achraf Hakimi joined PSG after the Ligue 1 giants paid Inter Milan €60 million for his services.

The Italians were keen to hold on to him, but had to part ways with the youngster due to financial troubles.

3. CB - Marquinhos

Marquinhos
Stade Brestois v Paris Saint-Germain - Ligue 1 / John Berry/Getty Images

Marquinhos remains an underrated presence in world football and is not spoken of highly, which comes as a surprise considering that he has been the rock at the back for PSG in the recent past.

The Brazilian who can also play as a defensive midfielder, has racked up more than 300 appearances for the club so far and will be expected to continue his excellent performances in the upcoming season.

4. CB - Sergio Ramos

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FBL-ESP-LIGA-REAL MADRID-VILLARREAL / JAVIER SORIANO/Getty Images

PSG made another marquee signing this summer in the form of Sergio Ramos on a free transfer, with the Spaniard leaving Real Madrid after spending 16 years at the Bernabeu.

Ramos might be 35-years-old at present, but during his medical examinational the staff revealed that he has the physique of a 25-year-old, which goes to show that he will play a key role for the club, especially in European competitions.

5. LB - Layvin Kurzawa

Layvin Kurzawa
Sevilla v Paris Saint-Germain - Pre-Season Friendly / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Layvin Kurzawa has been a decent option for PSG at left-back ever since he moved to Paris from Lyon in 2015, but there concerns regarding him when it comes to defending on the wing.

The 28-year-old is good going forward and will definitely need to work on his defence as opposition clubs will look to attack them though him.

6. CDM - Idrissa Gueye

Idrissa Gueye
Sevilla v Paris Saint-Germain - Pre-Season Friendly / Fran Santiago/Getty Images

Idrissa Gueye played for the likes of Aston Villa and Everton, post which he was snapped up by PSG in 2019 and the club has benefitted from his arrival as they needed a defensive presence in central midfield.

The 31-year-old in his two seasons with the club has proved that he remains an indispensable part of the first XI - a player who provides the balance between attack and defence.

7. CM - Marco Verratti

Marco Verratti
Paris Saint-Germain v RC Lens - Ligue 1 Uber Eats / Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images

An artist on the pitch, Marco Verratti has established himself as one of the best midfielders of his generation - excelling on the pitch for both club and country over the years.

The Italian comes into the season on the back of leading Italy to the Euro 2020 trophy and will look to continue his good form in the upcoming season.

8. CM - Georginio Wijnaldum

Georginio Wijnaldum
Holland v Czech Republic -EURO / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Georginio Wijnaldum was heavily linked with a move to Barcelona, but eventually chose to join PSG and his signing comes as a boost for the club as the Dutchman is a matchwinner on his day.

It will be interesting to see how Mauricio Pochettino decides to use him, considering that he can play in multiple positions on the pitch.

9. LW - Neymar

Neymar Jr
Stade Brestois v Paris Saint-Germain - Ligue 1 / John Berry/Getty Images

The most expensive player in the world, Neymar has been brilliant for PSG when fit as seen by the 87 goals he has scored for them in just 116 appearances.

For all his brilliance on the pitch, he has courted controversy off the pitch, with multiple injuries ensuring that he is yet to reach his full potential in France.

10. RW - Lionel Messi

PSG v Barcelona - UEFA Champions League
PSG v Barcelona - UEFA Champions League / Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Widely considered by many to be the greatest player in the history of the sport, Lionel Messi's signing is arguably the biggest in club football history and will provide a big boost to football in France.

Having spent his entire professional career in Barcelona, it will be interesting to see how the record six-time Ballon d'Or award winner adapts to life in a foreign league.

11. ST - Kylian Mbappe

Kylian Mbappe
Troyes v Paris Saint-Germain - Ligue 1 Uber Eats / Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images

Touted by many to become the best footballer in the world once Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo retire from the sport - Kylian Mbappe has been brilliant for PSG over the past two-three years.

The youngster has already scored 132 goals and has all the tools in his kitty to dominate football for more than a decade.

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