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Check out the luxury Paris hotel where Leo Messi is staying

Words by Rob Chilton

VIP suites at La Royal Monceau can cost up to AED 86,000

The numbers surrounding Leo Messi's transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain are mind-boggling. A weekly salary of £1 million, a £21 million golden hello, Messi shirts with the number 30 on the back sold out in 30 minutes at the PSG club shop, the club's Instagram following doubled from 15 million to 30 million... Let's hope he scores some goals to back up all the hype.

Messi arrived at Parc des Princes in Paris to a rapturous welcome, of course, with chanting fans letting off flares at his unveiling on a podium while wearing a dark suit and tie.

At his first press conference, the Argentinean playmaker tried to focus on the football. “I really want to begin the training sessions, I want it to be quick," he said. "I want to work with the staff and team-mates and begin this new moment of my life. I have this will to play. I am really impatient. I still want to win, as I did the first moment of my career. I feel this club is ready to fight for all the trophies. This is my goal, I want to keep growing and keep winning titles and that is why I came to this club. I really hope we can make it happen.”

Messi starts a new chapter

Messi and his wife Antonela Roccuzzo flew from Barcelona to Paris in a private jet and, while they look for a permanent home, will stay at Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris. A beautiful hotel situated just a few football pitch lengths from Arc de Triomphe, top suites at the grand and historic property cost around AED 86,000 per night – a drop in the ocean for Messi and his Paris pay packet.

Take a tour of Leo's new home below.

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