Paris Saint-Germain completed the signing of Maxwell from Barcelona yesterday for €4m on a three-and-a-half-year deal. The Brazilian stated in his unveiling that the club’s intent on signing him is what lured him to the Parc des Princes.
Sat alongside fellow compatriot and director of football Leonardo, the new man told reporters; “The main motivation to sign here was how much PSG wanted me. That was very flattering. The club’s projects and ambitions for the near future also convinced me to sign for PSG.”
With the hope of tasting success in the near future with his new club, the 30-year-old’s winning mentality may just be a key added ingredient to the Parisian dressing room.
Although perceived as nothing more than a bit part player in Catalonia, he does bring with him a glittering array of honours. During spells in Holland (Ajax), Italy (Internazionale) and Spain (Barcelona), he has racked up over 20 major trophies in a career spanning just over ten years in Europe. Having such experience at three of Europe’s most elite entities underlines just how well valued he has been.
With his new employers dreaming of replicating such feats, bringing in a renown figure that will have no qualms in making that left-back berth his own, is certainly a shrewd move. Carlo Ancelotti knows full well what he can do having seen him first hand in the Milanese derbies when he was Rossoneri Coach – which Leonardo pointed out in yesterday’s unveiling; “Full-backs have become very important in modern football. Maxwell is capable of making the difference from this position. Carlo Ancelotti knows the player well. We had tried to sign him for Milan, and we’ve now succeeded here in Paris.”
Always a dependable figure wherever he has played, his accolades are by no means a fluke. He was very highly thought of in Italy with the Nerazzurri, playing a predominant role – more so in midfield – with his blistering pace causing havoc down the left-hand side. Barca came calling in 2009 where he has had his fair share of playing time, but has really been unable to dislodge Eric Abidal from Pep Guardiola’s starting-XI.
Nevertheless, he will always be highly respected at the Camp Nou. The club fittingly thanked the player for his two-and-a-half year service on their website with a brief statement – emphasising his array of achievements in the process. It read; “FC Barcelona wants to thank Maxwell for his effort, predisposition and contribution to the team’s athletic successes during his time at the Club. Maxwell arrived at FC Barcelona in the summer of 2009 from Inter Milan to play left back. The Brazilian has won a total of 10 titles as a FC Barcelona player in his two and a half years with the Club – three Spanish Super Cups, two European Super Cups, two League titles, two Club World Cups and one Champions League”. A touch of class as always from the European champions.
He may not be one of the marquee names such as David Beckham, Alexandro Pato and Carlos Tevez who have been linked with the club constantly in recent weeks but he is still a more than welcomed addition to Camp des Loges. The experience he will bring to the team will be instrumental in the club’s search for domestic honours not to mention his wealth of attributes on the pitch.