Lionel Messi has reportedly agreed to join Paris Saint-Germain on a two-year contract and he’s expected to arrive the French capital in the next few hours.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner had two other options after leaving Barcelona last week, but has chosen to move to the French club on a deal worth £25m per year after tax.
Messi was set to extend his 21-year stay at Barcelona by signing a new five-year deal this summer. But, the club announced on Thursday that “financial and structural obstacles” meant the deal could not be completed, meaning Messi left as a free agent.
After a last pour of emotion at Camp Nou on Sunday, hundreds of excited PSG fans were said to have gathered outside the Parc des Princes stadium to receive the Argentine on Monday.
Meanwhile, a large banner of Messi on the side of the Camp Nou has been taken down ahead of his PSG move.
Messi played 17 seasons winning the Champions League four times, the Spanish league 10 times, the Copa del Rey seven times and the Spanish Super Cup eight times.
Messi leaves as Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer with 672 goals.