At Paris Saint-Germain, Lionel Messi’s era began goalless for the Argentine star, but with much praise and fanfare
Messi made his debut for PSG on Sunday after leaving the bench in the middle of the second half, beating Reims 2-0 in the French League.
In the 66th minute, Messi embraced his friend and former teammate Neymar from Barcelona.
Messi, a record-breaking six-time Ballon d’Or and four-time Champions League winner after his years of victory at Barcelona’s 99,000-seat Camp Nou, made his PSG debut at the 20,000-capacity Stade Auguste Delaune.
Messi’s star factor is that while home fans shouted “Messi, Messi,” Reims goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic took a photo of Messi holding a baby after the match.
PSG head coach Mauricio Pochettino was impressed by Messi’s performance and said that fans of both teams were pleased to see him play.
Pochettino said: “It was a pleasure to be seen and heard by both our fans and Reims fans.” “Messi is very happy about that. His presence is more exciting, everyone can feel it and it affects other players as well.”
Before the game, hundreds of fans gathered to see Messi get off the team bus and pointed to them.
Together with Messi’s adored Pele and the late Diego Maradona, they wanted to see one of the greatest of all time.
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Messi’s incredible talent, close supervision, grace, vision, dancing legs, clever passing, speed of thought and execution have excited fans for years.
He scored 672 goals for Barça and won 35 trophies for the Spanish giants, including Neymar in the 2015 Champions League.
It was Messi’s last goal in the Champions League against Barça in the Champions League last season, the last time he won the European Cup and, oddly enough, the last time he scored.
Messi, 34, who led his country to the Copa America last month, joined PSG three weeks before his new contract with Barcelona expired.
Striker Kylian Mbappe was in the starting line-up when Real Madrid tried to sign him before the summer transfer window ended.
Mbappe had scored both goals before Messi arrived.
Angel Di Maria found the middle in the 15th minute and then Ashraf Hakimi turned the middle in the 63rd minute and scored his 135th goal since joining PSG in 2017.
Pochettino, who did not comment on Mbappe’s immediate future, said: “No, I’m not surprised by his enthusiasm.”
It is unknown whether this will be the last game for PSG, which started the season with 4 consecutive victories and 12 points.
French champions Lille and Monaco finally won the first game of the season.
Joseph Yazici and Jonathan David scored in Lille’s 2-1 win over Montpellier and came back with a 2-1 win over Monaco Troyes, with Sofiane Diop taking both goals.
Angers are unbeaten and have 10 points after beating Rennes 2-0 at home.
Also: Lens 2, Lorient 2; Strasbourg 3, Brest 1; Clermont 2, Metz 2.
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