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PSG president insists Lionel Messi deal DOES NOT breach FFP rules

Lionel Messi’s staggering £30m a year deal DOES NOT breach UEFA’s FFP rules, claims PSG chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi – as he says enormous commercial potential created by Argentine’s arrival will offset his salary

  • Lionel Messi has been unveiled as a PSG player after his move from Barcelona
  • Argentine star, 34, has signed a colossal £30 million a year deal in Paris
  • Questions have been asked as to how PSG will comply with UEFA’s FFP rules
  • But president Nasser Al-Khelaifi insists financial fair play rules were followed 
  • PSG’s Qatari owners believe Messi’s commercial potential will offset his wages 

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi came out fighting during Lionel Messi’s unveiling as he insisted no Financial Fair Play rules had been violated — and told Kylian Mbappe he now has ‘no choice’ but to stay at the club.

Messi’s contract is said to be worth around £30million a year and the addition of the 34-year-old, despite it being on a free transfer, has attracted suspicion over FFP.

But 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. 

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi welcomes Lionel Messi to the club after he agreed a staggering £1million-a-week deal 

PSG's Qatari owners insist that UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules will not be breached by the signing of Messi and that his enormous commercial potential will offset his salary

PSG’s Qatari owners insist that UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules will not be breached by the signing of Messi and that his enormous commercial potential will offset his salary

‘Before we do anything, we check with commercial, financial and legal people. We have the capacity. 

‘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 (the stadium, where thousands of fans had gathered). He is a big asset.

‘I hope Leo will not ask for a raise of salary, but what we have is fantastic.’

Messi took part in a press conference before being unveiled to the PSG fans and ultras

Messi took part in a press conference before being unveiled to the PSG fans and ultras

Messi (right) revealed former Barcelona winger Neymar (left) played a big role in his arrival

Messi (right) revealed former Barcelona winger Neymar (left) played a big role in his arrival

Mbappe, meanwhile, has stalled on signing a new contract at Parc des Princes, with his deal set to expire next summer. 

But with Messi signed on a two-year deal, Al-Khelaifi added: ‘Now there is no choice for Kylian but to stay here in Paris. 

‘He wants to win, he wants to win trophies, he said it in public. 

“He wanted a competitive side and we have the most competitive side in the world. So there is no excuse for him now. He can’t do anything but stay.’

Messi prepares to put pen to paper on his PSG contract sat alongside club Nasser Al-Khelaifi

Messi prepares to put pen to paper on his PSG contract sat alongside club Nasser Al-Khelaifi

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