'It's Madness': messy Relishing Playing with Neymar and Mbappe at PSG


Source: Paul Doyle, The Guardian 


Vocabulary in context (Merriam Webster):  giddy \ ˈgi-dē \ lightheartedly silly, joyfully elated revenue \ ˈre-və-ˌnü , -ˌnyü \ the total income produced by a given source 


Even Lionel Messi seemed wowed by the power of Paris Saint-Germain’s new strikeforce, as he described the prospect of combining with Neymar and Kylian Mbappé as “madness”. In scenes very different to his tearful adieu to Barcelona three days earlier, the Argentinian was unveiled by his new club at a press conference at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday while a large and giddy crowd gathered outside to sing hymns of praise. “The reception from the people of Paris has been amazing, I will try to live up to your expectations,” said Messi, who felt “incredible happiness” at joining a team that he believes can help him win his fifth Champions League and his first since 2015. Asked, in particular, about playing with Neymar and Mbappé, he replied: “It’s madness to be able to work with such great players on a daily basis,” adding that his admiration was not confined to those new teammates, since Sergio Ramos, Georginio Wijnaldum, Achraf Hakimi and Gianluigi Donnarumma have also joined this summer. “PSG have made spectacular signings on top of the players that were already here,” Messi said. “I’m eager to get playing and I’m going to be doing it alongside some of the best players in the world. It’s going to be a marvellous experience every day. I hope I can continue to win titles. I have the same hunger as when I was younger.” He said he was not sure when he would be ready to play, explaining: “I have been inactive for the last month so I basically have to do a pre-season by myself.” PSG’s president, Nasser al-Khelaifi, said that Messi’s arrival should help convince Mbappé to pledge his future to the club. The Frenchman has resisted attempts to secure him to a new contract, with his deal expiring next year. Khelaifi said he expected Mbappé to stay because “now he has no excuse to do anything else”. Khelaifi also said Messi’s arrival would generate enormous revenue for PSG, suggesting those benefits would help the club to comply with financial fair play regulations. Asked specifically how the club that already offers huge salaries could afford to hire Messi on an annual wage of nearly £30m for at least the next two years, Khelaifi thanked the journalist for asking “a very great question” before replying: “We have always followed FFP regulations from day one and we always will. Before doing anything strategically we look with our commercial, financial and legal people. “We said if we have the capacity to sign him, we will do it. If not, we’re not going to sign him. What Leo is bringing to the club is huge and what the media have to focus on is not only the negative side but also there are a lot of positives Leo is bringing in terms of the commercial and social media. He’s a big asset for the club. It’s been an unbelievable three days [since reports of Messi’s arrival emerged]. If we give you some numbers, you are going to be shocked.” He added with a chuckle: “I hope Leo will not ask for more salary now … but we will always follow FFP regulations.”

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