Lionel Messi has bid farewell to Barcelona after a tearful press conference at Camp Nou which saw teammates past and present attend an emotionally-charged even with the Argentina international's mammoth trophy haul on display and heartbroken fans in the streets outside.
Paris Saint-Germain have now reached an agreement with the 34-year-old according to Fabrizio Romano, after Barca's financial difficulties scuppered a previously agreed five-year contract extension due to La Liga's strict salary cap rules which dictated that the new deal could not be signed. Messi's previous contract expired at the end of June.
"After 21 years I am leaving," said Messi. "I cannot tell you that in a few years we will not come back because this is our home. I have promised my children that. So many beautiful things have happened, some bad, but all of this helped me to grow and improve and make me the person I am.
"The truth is that this is very difficult for me. I spent my whole life here, I was not really prepared. It is our home, we always overcame our well-being and it is our home.
"I gave everything for this club and I leave happy with my work for the club. I would have liked to say goodbye in a different way. I never imagined my last day -- I would have liked to do it with fans on the pitch. I would have loved to hear a last ovation from them."
Barca president Joan Laporta revealed on Friday that the club would have been spending 110 percent of their annual revenue on player salaries if they had kept Messi, despite the significantly reduced rate of his previously agreed five-year deal.
Agreeing to La Liga's proposed sale of a 10 percent stake in the competition to private equity firm CVC would have allowed Barca to keep their greatest ever player but they are refusing to back that deal.
Laporta was keen to lay the blame for the club's financial chaos at the door of his predecessor Josep Maria Bartomeu and revealed that Barcelona are on course to loss nearly $600 million for the 2020-21 season.
As of Sunday afternoon, as reported by Fabrizio Romano, Messi is set to join PSG after Jorge Messi received the official contract the same morning after talks since Thursday with the six-time Ballon d'Or winner ready to accept the Ligue 1 giants' proposal once the last few details have been settled.
This is the latest chapter in a saga that began a year ago when Messi first revealed he wanted to leave the only club he'd ever played for.
Although he ultimately relented on taking Barcelona to court in order to get out of the last year of his contract, he contractual situation was never fully settled.
Although it seemed as though the election of Laporta to return to Barcelona as president made it likely Messi would stay, the details were never completely ironed out and now, it seems, La Liga rules continue to stand in the way.