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Messi agrees Paris St-Germain deal after Barcelona exit

Lonel Messi has agreed a deal with Paris St-Germain to join the French side following his shock exit from Barcelona, says Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague.

The deal is subject to a medical.

The 34-year-old Argentina captain left Barca – the only club he has ever played for – as they were unable to afford a new deal under La Liga’s financial fair play rules.

Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG finished second to Lille in Ligue 1 last season.

Considered one of the greatest players of all time, Messi scored a record 672 goals in 778 games for Barca, the club he joined as a 13-year-old.

He won the Ballon d’Or a record six times and lifted 35 trophies with the Catalan club.

The signing of Messi – who would be reunited with former Barca team-mate Neymar at the Parc des Princes – is one of the most noteworthy captures in football’s history.

Unless there are any late hitches, he will become PSG’s fourth free-transfer signing this summer after the arrival of midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, defender Sergio Ramos and goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Highly rated right-back Achraf Hakimi also joined from Inter Milan.

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