Barcelona had to admit their defeat - Paris Saint-Germain and bosses from Qatar are smiling triumphantly again. After Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, another superstar of world football lands on Princes Park. It has not been made official yet, but no one has the slightest doubt about such an outcome - Lionel Messi will sign a three-year contract with the Parisians for annual compensation of 40,000,000 euros net.
Also, the Argentine will be richer by 30,000,000 euros just for his esteemed initials. Paris Saint-Germain's lawyers are largely preparing the documentation and the draft of the historic contract, and during that time, fans around the world are leading the expected debate on the topic: will PSG have the most powerful trio in the history of football? Messi - Mbappe - Neymar!
The Madrid Marca conducted a survey on the same topic and made available for voting several of the best trio of the 21st century: Bale, Cristiano, Benzema; Suarez, Messi, Neymar; Ronaldinho, Rivaldo, Ronaldo (World Cup 2002 in Korea and Japan) and of course the newly created.
Interestingly, although it is a list and readers who are in favor of Real Madrid, the trio of Barcelona took the win: Messi, Neymar, Suarez. And although the readers of Marca do not think that this is the best trio of this century, there is no doubt that the latter will be the most expensive in the history of football.
Because if PSG manage to keep Mbappe - and the wish is not disputable, at the cost of the new contract being in the rank of Messi's or Neymar's - Al Khelaifi will allocate close to 240,000,000 euros (gross) per year for these three players alone.
No bonus. Certainly a huge number, but that is the price of creating a new galactic team. Lionel Messi is certainly the central topic of the football public and will be so throughout the summer, but it should be underlined that PSG have done some other top things in this transfer period, such as bringing Achraf Hakimi from Inter, Wijnaldum from Liverpool, Sergio Ramos from Real Madrid, Donnarumma from Milan.
So when the natives like Verati, Marquinhos, Di Maria are added to all that ... No doubt, PSG has finally put together a dream team that the sheiks have been dreaming about for so long. It could easily happen that the summer market in Paris does not end with the arrival of Leo Messi.
Leonardo sees another weak point in the new super team. It is the left flank, and the dream is Theo Hernandez from Milan. The Rossoneri are trying their best to keep one of the best players, offering him twice the salary (3,000,000), but if PSG realizes the outgoing transfers they are planning (Icardi, Sarabia, Draxler, Navas, Kurzawa, Paredes ...) there is no doubt that Leonardo's dream could easily have become a reality.