Lionel Messi Smiles As He trains with PSG For The First Time After FC Barcelona Exit

On Thursday, Lionel Messi took part in his first training session with Paris Saint-Germain, two days after finalizing a dramatic move to Paris following his shock Barcelona leave. Moreover, PSG signed Messi on a free transfer on Tuesday after Barcelona was unable to reach an agreement on a new deal for the Argentine legend due to the club's precarious financial situation and LaLiga's financial fair play standards.

Further, Barcelona's contract expired this summer, however, Messi was technically a free agent after that, the club's dire financial situation meant that even if Messi had signed a new contract to play for free at Camp Nou, Barca would have been over LaLiga's salary cap, preventing them from registering him as a new signing.

Moreover, PSG moved quickly to offer Messi a hefty wage on a two-year contract with the option of a third year in Paris after the 34-year-old was unable to stay at Barcelona, his home club for 21 years. Despite his sorrowful farewell at a news conference at Camp Nou on Sunday morning, Messi appeared to be in high spirits when he stepped onto the PSG training pitch for the first time on Thursday. 

Additionally, Messi was involved in individual jogging and physical rehabilitation exercises as well as some light ball work with PSG after being on break for a month following Argentina's Copa America victory.