‘The Friends cast are all older than PSG’ – social media on Messi move

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    Messi arrives in Paris.Lionel Messi is a Parisian.

    If Paris St-Germain don't win the Champions League this year, they may as well stop trying.

    Hot on the heels of his shock exit at Barcelona, Lionel Messi has signed a two-year contract with the French giants.

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    The world's greatest footballer (arguably), has only ever played for one club during his adult life. Now, at 34, he's starting a new adventure.

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    Jumping ship

    Even after his contract expired, there was still a lot of expectation that Messi would end up staying aboard the good ship Barca.

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    Out of the frame

    But there were strange scenes outside the Nou Camp on Tuesday morning as Messi's image was removed. Doesn't look right.

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    Flight tiki-trackers

    Every leg of Messi's journey from Barcelona to Paris on Tuesday was pursued by internet sleuths.

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    It really got real when Antonela Roccuzzo, his wife, posted an image of them on board a plane.

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    Excited fans gathered at the airport in Paris to see Messi arrive.

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    And PSG's Ligue 1 rivals Monaco sent their top man to offer a lift.

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    Unfortunately for Monaco, they were pipped to it. Eventually, Messi's arrival in the French capital was heralded, with a not-so-cryptic T-shirt.

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    Separated nay-more

    Neymar had already teased that he was going to be reunited with his former Barcelona team-mate on his own Instagram account.

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    Ballon d'Or left open

    PSG teased fans throughout the day with a number of videos including reference to the Argentine's six Ballon d'Or awards.

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    Eventually, they put us all out of our misery.

    Paris St-Germain have won the transfer window

    Leaving aside wages (which will be substantial), so far this summer, the Ligue 1 club have now managed to lure a collection of Ballon d'Or, World Cup, Euros and Champions League winners in Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos, Lionel Messi and Gini Wijnaldum – and all for free. Nada. Zilch.

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    If they can't manage to bring home their first-ever Champions League trophy with this squad, serious questions may have to be asked.

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    And all this, for a club younger than Doctor Who and the entire cast of Friends. Could that be any more mind-bending?

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    It will be interesting to see how long-time adversaries Messi and Ramos adapt to playing on the same team.

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    Pochettino spoiled for choice

    Mauricio Pochettino, the Paris St-Germain head coach, has suddenly found himself with a front three of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

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    A reminder of what PSG are getting

    Messi's CV can't really be overstated. Here's a run-down of what PSG have invested in.

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    The 30 club

    NBA star Steph Curry gave his seal of approval. Messi will wear the number 30 at PSG – the same number Curry wears for Golden State Warriors. It's also the number Messi wore for his Barcelona debut in 2003.

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