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After leaving Barcelona, Lionel Messi signs a two-year agreement with Paris Saint-Germain.

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Paris Lionel Messi from Argentina, who had been with Barcelona for 21 years, signed a two-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain with an option for an additional year. The French club announced Tuesday.

Messi, 34 years old, will be wearing the number 30 when he started his professional career at Barca. PSG will reveal this number at a press event they called for at 11:00 AM (0900 GMT) Wednesday.

He said, “I am excited about beginning a new chapter in my career at Paris Saint-Germain,” in a statement posted on the club’s website.

Messi added, “Everything about this club matches my soccer ambitions.” The PSG supporters welcomed him with a hero’s embrace upon his arrival in Paris on Tuesday.

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“I know the talent of the team and the coaching staff.

“I am determined and eager to build something special for the club, the fans, and I look forward to getting out on the Parc des Princes pitch.”

Warmest welcome

Messi, an unrestricted agent following his shock departure from Barcelona’s boyhood club, arrived at Le Bourget airport in the north of Paris on Tuesday afternoon.

He was met by hundreds of PSG fans who gathered to see their new signing.

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These fans also gathered near the Parc des Prince’s club home and near the luxurious hotel in the city, where Messi and Antonella are expected to be staying.

Before he was taken to the hospital, Messi waved at the crowds and wore a Paris shirt.

Jorge Messi, Messi’s father, is also his agent. He had confirmed the inevitable earlier when he arrived at Barcelona’s El Prat airport to board a plane to France.

When reporters asked him if his son would sign with the French club, he answered: “Yes.”

His move is completed after a hectic few days since his announcement last Thursday about his departure from Barcelona, where he had represented for 17 years.

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PSG’s move to Messi was a secret for days. However, reports in Spain on Monday night suggested that Barcelona had made a “final deal” to keep the player.

Instead, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner joins a PSG attack already including Neymar Mbappe and Kylian Mobappe.

Qatar-backed PSG sees Messi, the missing piece of their puzzle, as they chase the Champions League trophy.

“Back together,” Neymar posted on Twitter, after playing with Messi at Barcelona and before moving to PSG in 2017.

Getting to terms

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Barcelona is still trying to come to terms with the loss of their greatest player. He said goodbye to his club after two decades of service at a sad news conference on Sunday.

The Catalans offered to reduce his salary by half to secure a five-year contract, but the Spanish league salary caps rules thwarted the deal.

Barcelona has debts totalling 1.2 billion euros ($1.41 million) and cannot register any new signings due to their financial situation.

PSG was the only club that could afford to sign a deal for 35 million euros ($41million) per year, with Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City ruled out.

Barcelona’s record-breaking 672 goals in 778 games are his legacy.

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After joining Barca at 13 years old, Messi won 35 trophies in Camp Nou. However, his last appearance was a damp duck: a 2-1 defeat against Celta Vigo in May.

His trophy collection includes 10 La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues.

“It will not be easy to see him wearing another shirt than the one of Barca,” Messi’s former Barcelona teammate Andres Ines Esta, who is currently playing in Japan, said to AFP in an interview Tuesday.

He was a great player. He is the best player I have ever seen, and I doubt I will ever see another like him. Look at his achievements …”

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PSG has already signed Sergio Ramos, a veteran Spanish defender from Real Madrid, and Gianluigi Donnarumma (the star of Euro 2020).

They also signed Georginio Wijnaldum, a Liverpool midfielder, and 60 million euros on Inter Milan right-back Achraf Hakimi. He scored his first goal in the PSG league at the weekend.

Messi could be unveiled to supporters on Saturday when PSG host Strasbourg and a full house of nearly 48,000 will be allowed in for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic struck 18 months ago.

He is not expected to make his debut until the end of this month.

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Ricky Ponting claims recent T20I series losses show that Australian cricket is not as deep as it should be.

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Melbourne Ricky Ponting, a legendary Australian batsman, has supported Australian players in the rescheduled Indian Premier League. It will be excellent preparation for the T20 World Cup in October.

The IPL will squeeze the remaining 76 games between September 19 and October 15, while T20 World Cup will take place just after that, from October 17 to November 14. Both tournaments will take place in the UAE.

Ponting said to Australia Test captain Tim Paine, “Those guys who haven’t been playing for three or four-month months now need to get back in the groove of playing high-quality cricket against the top players in the world.” This was according to cricket.com.au.

Ponting, heading to Dubai to coach the IPL side Delhi Capitals, said, “No doubt it’s their best preparation, being in those exact conditions.

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Pat Cummins, a fast bowler, skipped the West Indies and Bangladesh tours to be with his wife. He is unlikely to return to IPL with his first child due to the rescheduled tournament.

Cummins stated in a YouTube vlog that “for the second half of the season, it’s going be tough to get over there.”

“We’ll watch how it turns out, but at this stage, it might prove too difficult, but with the World Cup right after it, I’m hoping that it will be easy for me to get there.”

Aaron Finch, Australia’s captain, had surgery to fix cartilage damage in his right knee from the West Indies. The surgery was successful, but he will need to rest for ten weeks before returning to play in Australia’s Super 12 stage match.

Finch previously stated that he thought it would be difficult to justify a return to IPL for players who skipped winter tours due to fatigue and the toll of bio-secure bubbles and hotel quarantines.

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Riley Meredith and Dan Christian, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Marsh, and Adam Zampa were all part of the tour that visited the Caribbean and Bangladesh. All hold IPL deals.

Marsh and Philippe had decided to skip the first stage IPL tournament, which was held in India.

The other Australians with IPL contracts are Nathan Coulter–Nile, Chris Lynn, and Ben Cutting. None of these are in Australia’s plans nor hold state contracts.

Australia’s T20 team, which didn’t have many first-choice cricketers, suffered 1-4 series losses against West Indies, Bangladesh, and Ponting stated that the results highlighted the current lack of depth within Australian cricket.

The Australian team suffered their lowest ever T20I score of 62 against Bangladesh in Dhaka just a few days back.

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“… Whether it was lack of confidence, a lack in skill, or a loss of awareness of the conditions. We were again unable to perform in these conditions because of our lack of skill and knowledge.

“It’s been the Achilles heel of Australian cricket for as long I can recall. This shows that the depth of Australian cricket is not there right now.

Ponting stated that “The T20 World Cup (but) with everyone in the UAE fit and healthy, I still believe the Australian team can push difficult to win that title that’s been elusive,” Ponting added.

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LaLiga: Valencia wins third-minute red card to defeat Getafe in the season-opener

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Denis Cheryshev, a Russian winger, was brought down in the penalty area. Carlos Soler scored the spot-kick. On Friday, Valencia won a third-minute penalty to beat Getafe by 1-0 in a brutal opening match in Spain’s LaLiga.

Hugo Guillamon, the defender, was sent to the stands for his dangerous tackle on Nemanja Maksimovic (Serbian midfielder at Getafe).

It was the fastest sent off in Liga’s history after the referee had consulted a replay.

After just 39 seconds, the foul was committed.

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Valencia was ahead eight minutes after Guillamon was dismissed.

Denis Cheryshev, a Russian winger, was brought down in the penalty area. Carlos Soler scored the spot-kick.

Soler stated, “It wasn’t the game we wanted. Because going a man down at the third minute isn’t the best situation.”

“Hugo is not to blame. It was not red. These are football things you learn from. He left the pitch, and I promised him we would win. We did.

Giorgi Mamardashvili of Valencia, who was on loan from Dinamo Tbilisi, made two excellent saves to deny Getafe a goal equalizer.

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Erick Cabaco was sent to the stands in the 76th minute for a second yellow card.

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LaLiga: Karim Benzema keeps hot, leads Real Madrid in the opener

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Karim Benzema wore his scoring boots from last season and scored a brace against Deportivo Alaves to kick off their LaLiga campaign.

Madrid Real Madrid was able to score a brace of goals from Karim Benzema, a French veteran striker. His double laid the foundation for a 4-1 win at Alaves that left Carlo Ancelotti celebrating his second spell as manager with a victory.

Real may have lost Lionel Messi to eternal rivals Barcelona, but Real is now transitioning, having seen Zinedine Zidane step down from his role as coach. Central defensive linchpins Sergio Ramos (Sergio Ramos) and Raphael Varane depart for Messi’s PSG or Manchester United.

Even with their big names still onboard, both of Spain’s biggest clubs could not prevent Atletico Madrid from walking off with the title last season.

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Real failed to find their rhythm in the first half. The returning Gareth Bale found Eden Hazard, who flicked with his heel for Benzema (skipper in Marcelo’s absence) to volley home the goal on 48 minutes.

Bale had to cancel his copybook and book a high boot, but Real – which featured David Alaba as their only new face – didn’t allow this to affect the grip they were maintained on the game.

Nacho scored from close range after a Luka Modric corner penalty on 56 minutes. Benzema made it 3-0 just after the hour. After Federico Valverde’s fine run and assist, Benzema made the game almost over.

Joselu penalties for hosts were minor issues after Thibaut Courtois made his 100th Liga appearance between Real’s posts and brought down John Guidetti.

A Vinicius header saved real’s fourth injury time.

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“To call Karim a striker is not to do him justice. He is a complete player. Ancelotti stated that this was more than five years ago.

“In the first half, we lacked intensity, but Karim’s goal opened up the game. “I want to play with intensity, with or without the ball.”

Another action Saturday saw Cadiz and Levante part ways 1-1, Mallorca and Real Betis split while Osasuna-Espanyol played out a goalless match.

Atletico will defend their title Sunday at Celta Vigo, Galicia. Barcelona will begin the post-Messi era in the Camp Nou against Real Sociedad, while Sevilla hosts Rayo Vallecano.

On Monday, Villarreal will face Granada, and Elche will face Athletic Bilbao.

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Valencia got the ball rolling Friday and pocketed three points after an early Carlos Soler penalty was enough to see them overcome Getafe 1-0.

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LaLiga: A new season begins amid financial cloud, but without Lionel Messi

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