Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas, talking to L’Equipe, explained how it could lead to an increase in income from BeIN’s overseas rights deal.

He said: ‘If this is confirmed, it’ll be fantastic for us all. For the TV rights and the general marketing value of Ligue 1, it would undeniably be a plus.

‘This time, with Messi, you can’t imagine that in a transparent context the broadcasting rights sold by BeIN abroad wouldn’t explode.

‘I am very confident. If this transfer goes through, with Neymar and Mbappé there, we are in a favourable position.

‘If Qatar take the initiative to build a great team at PSG, we’ll all be happy – even if it makes the competition more difficult.

‘But you need the other clubs, at least the ones going for European places, to have the means to sign players like Messi.

‘In that case, we would become the number one league in Europe. For that to happen, BeIN has to be positive with the international rights to develop them even further.’

Messi's father, Jorge, was central to the negotiations on behalf of his son's PSG switch but was left bemused at Barcelona

The 34-year-old (left) was in Ibiza with PSG's biggest names including Neymar, Angel Di Maria and Marco Verratti last week