Lionel Messi Left Speechless After "Hero's Welcome" at PSG Ahead of Season Opener

By Amreen
Lionel Messi was unveiled as part of a pre-match presentation at PSG
Lionel Messi was unveiled as part of a pre-match presentation at PSG / Xavier Laine/Getty Images

Lionel Messi was greeted by a raucous crowd at the Parc des Princes as he was unveiled as a Paris Saint-Germain player ahead of his new side's first home game of the season against Strasbourg.

The Argentine left Barcelona as a free agent after the LaLiga giants were unable to offer him a new contract owing to financial difficulties which PSG capitalise and lure Messi with a lucrative two-year deal.

He was left out for the first Ligue 1 game of the season, but addressed the fans before kickoff. The 34-year-old took to the field along with fellow new recruits Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Achraf Hakimi, and Georginio Wijnaldum, with all of them wearing 'We are Paris' t-shirts.

"It has been a very special week for me," he said. "I want to thank everyone for the reception since I arrived in Paris. It has been truly incredible. I feel very happy and excited. I hope together we can enjoy this year and make it a great year for us. I am very excited about everything."

PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino said in his press conference: "As for when we might see Leo Messi, it is his second day of training after a month since he played the last game at the Copa America. We will take it step by step, get to know each other and have him feel fit and comfortable so that he is able to make his debut when he is fully fit."