Messi: Former Barcelona striker, Lionel Messi, who later leave and joined Paris Saint-Germain in France, make his first debut with PSG on Sunday as a substitute, but Kylian Mbappe stole the show by scoring both goals in a 2-0 win against Reims in Ligue 1.
Messi with a number 30 jersey, joined other players on the field of play at 66 minutes off the bench to replace Neymar at the Stade Auguste-Delaune, where fans in the sell-out 21,000 crowds had earlier chanted his name as he emerged to warm up.
Since the Argentine player’s arrival for almost three weeks to Paris Saint-Germain of his kind to play for PSG as he joined the club after left Barcelona to French league. His last appearance in any game dating back to the Copa America final on July 11, when he led his country to victory against Brazil.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner will have to wait for his first goal with his new club, and his first start, which could come when PSG host Clermont in their next match on September 11.
Next month, Paris Saint-Germain will begin their Champions League away to Belgium to play against Club Brugge in Belgium.
The week leading up to this game had been dominated not by Messi but by talk of Mbappe’s future, with Real Madrid reportedly having two offers for the France World Cup-winning striker rejected.
Messi was offered 180 million euros ($212m), an astronomical amount for a player whose contract expires at the end of the season and who will be free to negotiate a deal with a new club in January without PSG being able to get a transfer fee.
Similar to what PSG paid Monaco in 2017 to sign Mbappe, who was clearly eager to go out on a high if this was to be his final appearance for the club.
With the transfer deadline looming on Tuesday, the 22-year-old did not appear remotely distracted by the talk of a move as he headed in a glorious Angel Di Maria cross in the 15th minute to put the away side in front.
Mbappe then scored his second of the night, and third of the season, just after the hour mark, finishing off an inviting low cross to the back post by Achraf Hakimi.
Also in the same vein, defending champions Lille recorded their first victory of the Ligue 1 campaign as Yusuf Yazici and Canada’s Jonathan David scored in a 2-1 win over 10-man Montpellier.
The team who escape elimination, Is Monaco, bounced back from the Champions League in the play-off round in midweek to win 2-1 at Troyes, Sofiane Diop’s secured their first victory of the Ligue 1 season.
Reims had twice reached the European Cup final in 1956 and 1959, but, it is a long time since the footballing spotlight has been on the city. But defeats 2-0 by Paris Saint-Germain, goals scored against them by Mkappe.
Although, On Sunday, they put up a good fight the chances were slim because PSG’s players, played against Reims professional football last night.
Messi will be seen in their next games to display his technical skills both in the Ligue 1 and champions league, which will start next month, September 21.