In full: Lionel Messi holds press conference in Paris following transfer to PSG

In full: Lionel Messi holds press conference in Paris following transfer to PSG

all right [Music] i’m just waiting for the message from ian the broadcast the sound the translator thank you [Music] okay okay so now uh um in a few seconds so please can you turn off your mobile phone anymore time oh [Music] so [Music] [Music] [Music] okay good morning everybody the club is very happy to receive today all of us in the park de france for this historic press release for the the official presentation of leo messi we’ll then go through some questions in french english or spanish but first of all nasser al-khairfi president of the psg will talk good morning everybody so today i’m gonna speak english because i think there are a lot of journalists that speak english today and it’s better for leo to understand english i’m proud to present leo messi as paris saint-germain player and this is amazing and historic day for the club for the football world and it is a fantastic moment for us everybody knows leo he’s the only football players who won six times ballon d’or and with leo he make the football magic beautiful and he’s a winner it will be very exciting for our supporters and the fans and worldwide it is obviously today i mean amazing what we tried to achieve leo john lloyd the club the fans and i remember on the first day we started the first day we started here the club ten years ago they were people said what they gonna do on their club what they’re gonna do on their project and we have big ambition high ambition project a football project and we are very proud where we are today thanks to everybody and there’s no secret in this agreement with the best player in the world leo there was a great desire between both sides to make this happen and liu i would like to thank leo your wife father jorge and your team for the fantastic job you done and you make it happen i don’t forgot also my team our sport director leo and in the relation that we have a lot of people they don’t know but i can’t say it now i’m very proud of you you’re doing honestly i’m talking from my deep of heart i don’t have anything here in my in my speech but you’re doing fantastic job for the club and for the supporter and for for for the historic of the club john cloth thank you very much you’ve been here also for long and all the people really working behind the scenes communication joe marcel everybody honestly i don’t forgot anyone also i would like to thank also our commercial partners and i’m very grateful to them who believe in our project from day one and we told them we’re never gonna let them down because we know where we’re going and today that’s amazing again moment for the history of the club but still we didn’t want anything this is just the start and the hard work will start now and and the page first following the pitch to you of course also out of the page but the most important the football we have someone here next to me he won a lot of trophies and i’m sure he’s gonna bring us a lot of trophies to the club with his teammates and we have fantastic squad today we don’t forgot we have best players also in the world an amazing coach today also and one of the best in the world and for me he’s the best and with his tough so thanks to everybody and i don’t want to take long i will leave the speech for you but officially i would like you to welcome you to paris saint-germain family and and your family and i promise i can see your kids they’re very happy in paris they’ve told me already they’re one of their favorite if not their favorite city for them it’s paris thank you very much and you will be happy thank you good morning first of all i want to thank the president for his words i’m very happy you all know how was my exit from barcelona it’s been a very hard moment after so many years it was a difficult change after so many time but the moment i arrived here i felt very happy and i really want to begin the training sessions i really wanted to be quick i’m really enjoying my time in paris since the first minute my family my people but really really my only will now is to begin the training sessions i want to work with the staff and with my teammates and begin this new moment of my life i really want to thank the president and leonardo and the whole club for the way they received me since the first day after the press release in barcelona and they really were quick in the negotiations and it’s been quite easy actually it was very tricky situation and they really solved problems it was not easy and they did it well so really thank you for that i repeat but i’m very happy to be here and i’m i have this will to play i’m really impatient i still want to play i still want to win as i wanted at the first moment of my career and with this club the staff i think this club is really ready to fight for all the trophies this is my goal i want to keep growing keep winning titles and that’s why i come here to this club i hope we can make it happen i really want to thank paris and it’s been all crazy my arrival it was a surprise so thank you again for the way they received me and i’m sure i’m going to enjoy the time with this team and we are going to fight for the aim of the club i really want to begin now and thanks again to the president to leonardo and thanks psg and thank you for having me here and i want to begin now thank you let’s go through some questions and answers good evening hola afp how do you feel playing alongside messi and mbappe it’s really crazy and i’m really happy about that sharing the day-to-day life with them with all the the squad really there are some transfers amazing transfers so the team is incredible and i really want to train and compete now because i’m going i’m going to be playing with the best players it’s very nice it’s an incredible experience to be able to enjoy this hi liam from le parisien welcome to paris when do you think you will be able to play your first minutes in the french championship actually i don’t know i was on holidays and it’s very new so i i spoke yesterday with i spoke yesterday with the technical staff so maybe i need a pre-season myself i’m going to begin to train and work and i hope i can play as soon as i can i really want to but i can’t answer exactly to your question when i feel it when the staff is thinks i’m okay well then i’ll be ready and willing to play good morning leo for the newspaper l’equipe you said you were very sad about leaving vasa and the joy about arriving here in psg so today what’s the strongest feeling the joy the sadness everything that happened to me this last week has been very strange it’s been hard it’s been quick it’s been emotional i can’t forget what i lived and experienced in barcelona but i really really feel impatient and happy about this new life at sport level and with my family as well i’m very happy this whole week i’ve been going through up and downs but we are processing all of this every day a little by little every day we are processing hi leo al jazeera president we know that here it’s paris and we know that the dream of paris is dreaming bigger every day what are the limits of this leo welcome you’ve seen that the people from paris have been waiting for you for three days some fans were at the le bourget airport for so many times what the message you sent you sent to the fans in france i think that our goal everybody knows our goal we want to win all the trophies all the games it never changed and now with leo we are close to winning but we want to win more i think now we need to work and to win each game to win the trophy we really we really need to have discipline and to win every game as i said i’m really grateful i’m grateful to the people in the street i was in barcelona when the press told about that and i i’ve seen things from there from spain and the people was already outside and it was incredible to see them outside in the streets and so i’m really grateful and i want to thank them and i really want to see them now to see them in the city in the stadium so it will be an incredible year and we are going to enjoy all of this good evening france television welcome leo congratulations for this historical transfer there are a lot of questions about around kilian mbappe after the arrival of leo what about the future of kylian mbappe then well i think everybody knows the future of killian people from paris and the players is really a competitive player he wants to win he wants to win trophies he said it in public he wants he wanted a competitive team and i think we’ve got the most competitive in the world so there is no excuse for him now he can’t do anything else but staying good evening er fa agency you’ve already won four champions league what do you need what does a team need to win the champions league it’s not easy sometimes you can have the best team in the world and you don’t win the champions league this is football and sometimes the margins the details uh for some details you can be knockout paris knows it perfectly they’ve been so close to a victory in champions league but they couldn’t make it but it was very close in this competition the best teams are playing it’s very difficult to win it so you you need a very united squad a group this dressing room for what you can see from outside is very united but you already you also need the luck but you can also chase the luck in champions league there is not always the best team wins it’s a very special competition and that’s why it’s so beautiful and so important because they all want to win we all want to win this competition good morning leah from sport plus and canal plus what does psg represent for you and how can you bring your experience and president with leo messi in psg do you think you are now the favorites number one for the champions league well i think this team is already done and ready and there are some new transfers but they’ve been very close to win the champions and they are ready i just come here to help i’ll try to give my best with my illusion goal and my dream is to win against again this trophy and i think that paris is the best place to have a chance to win it again i think are we favorites or not i think our team is very good but we never won the champions league so we need to work we need to win each game last year it was very complicated it’s not easy as leo said it’s not easy to win the temperance league with we’re focused and we just take one step at a time we don’t hide our goal our objective but first of all we will focus on the league the ligand and then after the 15th of september we’ll think about the champions league it’s maybe easy to say that we are a favorite that’s of course our goal but we just have to remain quiet and we need to work and work hola hi leah i’ll try to ask in spanish four years ago when neymar arrived here it was quite crazy and now the club has got another dimension is it’s one of the reason you choose paris and german because of the dimension and what the importance of the the intervention of neymar in your decision was it important to discuss with him of course i’ve got some friends here in the dressing room when you see the squad you really want to play with them because there are so many possibilities to get what you want we’ve got the same goals when we were not together we had the same goal and now that we are together with neymar and the rest of the team i hope we can make it the media all these players i know all the teammates in the dressing room actually and we had contact and and neymar of course did a lot and and was important in my election for europe [Music] you could play in champions league against the french squads but what do you know about french football do you know the clubs it will be a new experience for you do you know some of the teams do you know the players and do you know the the internal rivalries between clubs in france yes of course of course i’ve been following this and i’ve got friends so i know [Music] because of my friends in paris i was following their games and i think it’s this championship has been growing a lot and paris has worked a lot for the ligand growing up because of the transfers and so on and i think the league is more competitive and the all the teams are getting stronger because they want to win against paris and want to win the league so it’s it will be a new experience for me i will have a new new rivals and new stage ups and i’m very happy to experience all this new atmosphere leo on your signing i’m happy to see you smile today because it was different in barcelona a few days ago what would you say to the inches the fans in barcelona because they are really sad because of your exit they don’t want barcelona to play against you in champions would you like to avoid as well such a game and what would you say to the fans that are very sad today of course it was very complicated to exit barcelona without knowing where i was going to go barcelona is my home i’ve been there since i was a kid i’ve been i’ve lived so many things there good things and bad things they knew i was going to arrive in a very very strong team and a team who was aiming to win the champions league i love to win i want to have important goals i know that my goals and paris goals are the same and we want to be bigger and bigger i don’t know if we’re going to play and to face each other barcelona and paris it would be very nice to go back to barcelona i hope it would be with the fans when it’s possible because of the pandemic it would be very strange to play in at home there in barcelona with another shot but it can happen and we’ll see good morning leah good morning president eh people always think that you you would never go out of your comfort zone so but today we you’re here you remember this little boy in new worlds in argentina what was your dream then when president did you know that all of this could be possible when did you realize with leonardo that you could have mercy here in paris of course there are so many things changing since i was in new worlds and then in barcelona so many things arrived in my life so many good and bad experiences as a player and as a person what i can say today is i’ve got the same will and the same same enthusiasm than when i was a kid i still feel like this kid i i’m i’m gonna give my best to achieve these goals between both sides to to make this happen and it was true it was very quick when liu decided to to leave barcelona or you know to finish with barcelona i mean you know the discussion started and it was the desire both side that we want to sign and we are here uh hello laura scott from the bbc um um for the president uh there’s a lot of people wondering how you can afford to have such an amazing squad and stick within ffp can you tell us please and to leo uh i wonder how influential that phone call was that you had with pochettino and and how much he convinced you to come here and what was said regarding the financial review just make it very clear and thank you very much for requesting actually you know i was waiting for it and uh it’s very great uh question for us always as we said you know we follow the financial fair player regulation from the day one that we started until the end we can have always fulfilled the regulation of the financial aid play before we do anything basically you know we look out with our commercial people financial people with legal people so as soon as if you see that we signing leo that’s mean we could we have the capacity to sign him if not we’re not gonna sign him we’re not gonna promise something we couldn’t so we know that we could sign him and i think uh today as you can see i mean what leopold also is bringing to the club it’s a huge and that’s i think what you as media need also to focus in is not just the only the negative side let’s see but i think there’s a lot of positive he’s bringing to the club and you can see in everything in the term of commercial of social media that’s amazing honestly it is i mean you know a big asset for the club the club being increased in every single part of the club in term of commercial i mean unbelievable three days i mean you know later we’ll maybe give you some numbers you’re gonna be shocked honestly in the numbers that we have i hope leo will not ask for more salary but you know it’s like but i think no we have really i mean fantastic we it’s true that always we look at financial replay and always will uh will fulfill the the financial player regulation thank you as i said before the whole dressing room and the technical staff had an influence of on my decision when we saw it was possible the first thing we did was talking to them and to pochettino because we’ve been knowing each other for a long time and because we are both argentinian it’s easier of course because we are close in a way of course we talk we talked and it’s been very easy since the very beginning and i already said that but i’m going to repeat and all the squad and the staff made a lot to help me choose this club a question for the president here good morning and congratulations welcome leah this work after so many years you will all receive the good things you in psg but also the other teams how do you picture the goods the positive aspects for the league of this transfer today we are talking about psg but but i i always work with all the the teams and i think we work with the championship and the championship is going to grow because of this and i hope the broadcasting rights will will be higher because of that i’m thinking about all the all the parts because i think now everybody wants to see psg games so it’s going to be positive for all the rest of the clubs i really want to thank the presidents who sent me messages or called me because they wanted to talk about the the arrival of leah i think i think that everybody knows that we’re not only working for our club but also for france and for the league i really want to thank vanson labrie as well because all the clubs and especially paris we receive help from them and we’re we feel very lucky today because we’re here to work and to grow the work is going to begin today for us for the other clubs and for the league and for the city as well for paris i think what we are doing for the club is not only for the club but also for the city we all can benefit from this situation two last questions good morning president welcome leo to paris you say a few days ago leo that you really pictured the end of the career of your career in barcelona but i i’m sure the challenge doesn’t scare you now so maybe the biggest challenge after almost 20 years in barcelona is a challenge about your life the change of country the new language for you and your family is it your biggest challenge yes that’s true the only thing i told leonardo was i really hoped my family would be at ease in paris and would feel okay here in paris in france of course for me it’s a new experience but i’m really i’m really ready for that i really want to do it at the end of the day it’s football and football is the same in in the whole world i’ve got friends here and that’s something that that’s going to make things easier i’m sure i’m going to get used to my new teammates and i’m really really happy i really want to begin now and and to begin to train and know my teammates and have contacts with them with all of them i really want to train i want it to begin now this is new for us but i’m ready in the sporting access aspect and for my family it’s an amazing city it’s beautiful and i’m sure we are going to enjoy this place so we are quiet and happy a question for leonardo de los port four years ago verratti could have come to barcelona and today four years after that you meet him here in could it be what of course verati is showing the best play and is showing how big a player is his of course in barcelona they really wanted to have him and and today it’s the reverse situation i’m coming to psg so is an incredible person and is an incredible player a phenomenon is spectacular but not only marco verratti the entire dressing room these are the best players in the world at all the positions it’s a great squad and i hope i can help and bring my parts to achieve the goals the goals of psg and my personal goals thank you very much thank you everybody sorry we couldn’t take all the questions sorry [Music] my brothers yes [Applause] [Music] oh [Applause] [Music] [Music] hey you
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In full: Lionel Messi holds press conference in Paris following transfer to PSG

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