Lionel Messi sends Liverpool Champions League warning as PSG admit FFP
Lionel Messi has issued a Champions League warning to Liverpool after signing for Paris Saint-Germain.
The former Barcelona icon was officially confirmed as a PSG player on Tuesday, signing a two-year contract.
It comes after La Liga rejected the contract offer presented by Barcelona, meaning he left Camp Nou as a free agent.
Messi spoke at his first press conference as a PSG player, where he laid out his goal of winning the Champions League.
Liverpool will be in the competition alongside PSG and could face Messi and co at some point in the tournament.
The last time Messi faced Liverpool was on that famous night at Anfield in 2019, where the Reds lost 4-0 to reach the Champions League final in Madrid.
Messi says he is determined to win the Champions League again and is hungry for more silverware in the French capital.
“I can help by giving all I can,” Messi said. “I will say this: my dream is to lift the Champions League trophy again.”
Messi continued: “I’m so happy to be here – I have the will to play and I still want to play and win as much as I wanted at the first moment of my career.
“This club is ready to fight for all trophies, that’s my goal, to keep growing, to keep winning titles and that’s why I came here to this club. I hope we can get there.
“I want to thank Paris, it’s been crazy. I’m sure I’ll take my time with this team and we’ll fight for the club’s goals.”
Alongside Messi during his press conference, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
The Ligue 1 club chief has spoken of complying with Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules after Messi’s arrival, which he admitted he expected to be questioned.
“I was waiting for this question,” Al-Khelaifi said. “For us, we follow the FFP, we will always fulfill that.
“We’re talking to financiers and lawyers, you see we’re signing Lionel Messi, which means we can sign him.
“It’s a big asset for the club on a commercial level.
“I hope Leo doesn’t ask for more pay! We always fulfill FFP.