Lionel Messi arrives in Paris to finish the transfer from Paris Saint-Germain to an ideal roar

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  • ESPN staff

Lionel Messi’s move to Paris Saint-Germain is complete and it has been done in a style commensurate with his status as the best player in the world.

Private jets. Crowded streets. Fans gather in the stadium. An elaborate unveiling.

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After his emotional departure from Barcelona two days earlier, Messi traveled to Paris on Tuesday to finalize the move, which is a two-year deal – plus the option of a third – with Ligue 1 power.

Messi will hit the media and be officially unveiled at a press conference on Wednesday, but first there were notable scenes in two countries when the star and his family made their move.

🚨🚨 EXTRAORDINARY ATMOSPHERE HERE IN THE BOURGET AFTER THE OFFICIALIZATION OF THE TRANSFERS BY LIONEL MESSI πŸ‡¦πŸ‡·πŸ‡¦πŸ‡· pic.twitter.com/GrFOX2VjdC

– Canal Supporters (@CanalSupporters) August 10, 2021

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– Canal Supporters (@CanalSupporters) August 10, 2021

Fans filmed the police motorcade taking Messi to the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris, for a medical examination.

🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨 EXCLUDED CHANNEL SUPPORTERS! @CanalSupporters Lionel Messi arrived at the American hospital in Neuilly for his medical examination !!! 🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨 #PSG #Messi #MessiPSG pic.twitter.com/hHQNlBqRq2

– Canal Supporters (@CanalSupporters) August 10, 2021

Spectators were also at the Parc des Princes to greet Messi, who will join a team already cast with stars like Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Sergio Ramos.

PSG fans gather outside Parc des Princes stadium to greet Lionel Messi πŸ‡¦πŸ‡·πŸ‘‹ pic.twitter.com/sjGjzA5F6z

– ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 9, 2021

Messi and his wife Antonela Roccuzzo previously took a picture on board their private jet, but the Argentine player switched jerseys to greet his new fans.

Messi and his family are ready to embark on a new adventure πŸ€—πŸ‡«πŸ‡· pic.twitter.com/Z6DuTgCQDd

– ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 10, 2021

Wearing a shirt that says “This is Paris” in French while in Paris – in front of Parisians – seems like some kind of fashion faux pas, but then again, this is Messi.

Messi has arrived in Paris @ESPNFC pic.twitter.com/rmAx8azEAi

– ESPN (@espn) August 10, 2021

In a dramatic way, Messi came to the window to meet his new followers and with a wave, Paris has its newest hero.

As if the long days of waiting weren’t enough for PSG supporters, the club continued to tease Messi’s arrival with various short video snippets …

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– Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) August 10, 2021

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– Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) August 10, 2021

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– Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) August 10, 2021

Finally, at 10:15 p.m. Paris time, the moment we’ve all been waiting for: Lionel Messi is officially a PSG player! So, with a little help from a drone, the Paris Club unveiled its new star.

A new πŸ’Ž in Paris!

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– Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) August 10, 2021

And how about a first picture with Messi and his PSG No. 30 jersey?

Paris Saint-Germain is pleased to announce that Leo Messi has signed a two-year deal with an option for a third year. Https://t.co/D5Qjq7PJfF#PSGxMESSI β€οΈπŸ’™ pic.twitter.com/msJAnW01V5

– Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) August 10, 2021

Can he now give the city the Champions League title it has longed for? A new era has begun …

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