PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi Insists Lionel Messi's £30m-a-year Deal Does Not Breach UEFA's FFP Rules

By Amreen
Al-Khelaifi insists PSG did not break FFP rules with Messi deal
Al-Khelaifi insists PSG did not break FFP rules with Messi deal / Sebastien Muylaert/Getty Images

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelafi has insisted that no Financial Fair Play rules were breached by signing Lionel Messi.

The Ligue 1 giants announced the capture of the Argentine on Tuesday after Barcelona revealed they wouldn't be able to offer him a new contract. Messi joins Achraf Hakimi, Sergio Ramos, Georginio Wijnaldum, and Gianluigi Donnarumma at the Parc des Princes, and questions have been raised over how PSG could afford to add the former Barcelona man to their wage bill without flouting FFP rules.

Al-Khelaifi said: "Regarding the financial aspect, I will make it clear — we know the rules of FFP and we will always follow the regulations. Before we do anything, we check with our commercial, financial and legal people.

"We have the capacity to sign him. If we sign Leo, it's because we can, otherwise we would not have done it. What Leo brings to the club is huge, which you can see just outside. He is a big asset for the club. I hope Leo will not ask for a raise, but what we have is fantastic!"

Messi signed a two-year deal with an option for a third, which is said to be worth around €35m-per- season. But Al-Khelaifi insists the deal is worth it, and revealed that the other presidents in Ligue 1 are grateful to PSG for signing Messi as they expect it will benefit every other club in the league.

“In terms of the impact on Ligue 1, I think the championship is going up a level. In TV rights, too, I hope, or in commercial partnerships," he added.

"Everyone now wants to see Messi's PSG, which increases the value of other clubs. The other presidents thanked me for the arrival of Leo. We are not only doing this for the club, but also for France and Ligue 1."