- Ronaldinho has backed his former club Paris Saint-Germain to cause problems for other football clubs across Europe
- The former Brazilian international led in reactions after Lionel Messi was confirmed as a PSG player
- He played with Messi at Barcelona between 2004 and 2008 and helped Messi to his first goal for Barcelona
Former Paris Saint Germain forward Ronaldinho Gaucho has tipped the French giants to mount a serious challenge next season after the signature of Lionel Messi, Daily Mail reports.
Messi was officially announced as a PSG player on Tuesday, August 10, signing a two-year deal with the club, days after bidding an emotional farewell to Barcelona.
The transfer is still dumbfounding in many ways, as many fans and pundits expected the Argentine to finish his career at Barcelona.
Among the superstars who reacted to Messi’s PSG transfer was Ronaldinho, who was quick to wish his former teammate well. He wrote:
“It's a great joy to have played in these two clubs and now see my friend wearing this shirt, may there be many moments of joy Leo!”
He was also quick to suggest that PSG would be a force to reckon with after the acquisition of Messi. He added:
“I'm also very happy with my partner @SergioRamos on the team and a super cast, I'm smelling Champions huh hahaha.”
Messi and Ronaldiho played together at Barcelona from 2004 to 2008 before the Brazilian was sold to AC Milan.
Thousands of PSG fans camped at the Le Bourget airport on Tuesday afternoon in anticipation for the arrival of Messi, who was mobbed as soon as he landed in France.
Messi, Neymar reunion
Soon after Messi’s transfer was confirmed, fans were quick to conclude the combination of the apir alongside Kylian Mbappe was likely to wreak havoc in the Ligue 1 and Europe.
Neymar himself expressed excitement at the arrival of his former team mate as he took to Instagram to write “Back together” in what was a clear show of joy at a reunion with the Argentine.
Messi speaks on PSG move
As quoted in the Paris Saint Germain website, Messi said he was delighted to have signed for PSG as it is a club which “matched his ambitions”.
“I am excited to begin a new chapter of my career at Paris Saint-Germain. Everything about the club matches my football ambitions.
"I know how talented the squad and the coaching staff are here. I am determined to help build something special for the club and the fans, and I am looking forward to stepping out onto the pitch at the Parc des Princes.”
How much will Messi earn at PSG?
Legit.ng earlier reported that after agreeing a deal to join French giants Paris Saint-Germain on a two-year-deal, Lionel Messi’s staggering salary details have been revealed.
He will remain as the highest paid athlete in the world as he completes his move to join the French Ligue 1 giants.
Several outlets are reporting that Messi will earn around €31.5million a season, which eventually drops to about €25million per season after tax.