On the cards for days, the biggest transfer in French football history was completed late on Tuesday night as Paris Saint-Germain secured the services of the legendary Argentine on a two-year free transfer from sole previous club FC Barcelona.
Messi is a Parisian! With most of the footballing world still coming to grips with the idea of seeing the six-time Ballon D'Or playing for club other than Barça, everyone in France is pinching themselves now that it's official he will be doing so in the French capital.
After spending his entire career thus far turning out for Catalan giants FC Barcelona, Lionel Messi, 34, is set to call the Parc des Princes home after putting pen to paper on a two-year deal that will link him to the capital club through to 2023 and perhaps beyond should the option for a third year be activated.
Jewel in the Crown
La Pulga - or The Flea - is the latest in a string of massive summer signings by the side who conceded their league crown to LOSC last season and are looking to hit back in a big way.
Georginio Wijnaldum, Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Achraf Hakimi have all arrived in Mauricio Pochettino's squad over the past two months, and now with the addition of the man many to believe to be one of the best to ever play the game, it looks like the dreams of the club's ambitious Qatari owners are set to come true.
Ahead of a press conference to be held at 11:00 CET on Wednesday morning, Messi made his first statement as a Paris Saint-Germain player.
"I am excited to begin a new chapter of my career at Paris Saint-Germain. Everything about the club matches my football ambitions," said the diminutive superstar who has four Champions League titles and a recently acquired Copa America in an awe-inspiring trophy cabinet. "I know how talented the squad and the coaching staff are here. I am determined to help build something special for the club and the fans, and I am looking forward to stepping out onto the pitch at the Parc des Princes."
And it's a fairly safe bet that the better part of France - and indeed the world - are looking forward to seeing one of the game's greats bring the magic to France!