After one of the shortest transfer sagas in recent memory, Lionel Messi has been confirmed as a Paris Saint-Germain player.
As soon as contract talks with Barcelona broke down and Manchester City ruled themselves out of the running there was only ever going to be one destination for La Pulga.
PSG fans knew it too and they have been camping out at Le Bourget airport for days, hoping to catch a glimpse of their newest superstar. On Tuesday, he finally emerged, poking out of a window to greet his adoring public with a wave.
Footage of Messi at the airport dropped just minutes after PSG cryptically announced La Pulga’s arrival.
Well, it was not that cryptic actually.
Included in the jump-cut heavy promo were images of six Ballons d’Or, an Argentine flag and even a silhouette of Messi himself.
With Messi’s imminent arrival in Paris finally confirmed, social media, unsurprisingly, got very excited indeed.
People were particularly giddy about the prospect of a Messi, Neymar, Mbappe front three – including 90min.
The addition of Messi rounds off an incredible transfer window for the Parisians. This summer they have already snapped up Sergio Ramos, Georginio Wijnaldum and Gianluigi Donnarumma without spending a penny in transfer fees.
Achraf Hakimi – one of the best attacking right-backs in the world – has also joined from Inter. Some on Twitter were even calling their business the best transfer window ever.
Others, notably 90min’s Sean Walsh, refused to acknowledge these as ‘free’ signings.
While some were seeing the positives of Messi’s move, Barcelona fans were distraught.
Although the writing had been on the wall for the past few days, that did not make confirmation of the inevitable any less heart-wrenching.