by: JEROME PUGMIRE, Associated Press

Uploaded: Aug 29, 2021/ 01:03 PM CDT
/ Upgraded: Aug 29, 2021/ 09:34 PM CDT

The Lionel Messi period has begun at Paris Saint-Germain, without an objective for the Argentine superstar yet a lot of adulation and also excitement.

Messi made his launching for PSG on Sunday after coming off the bench midway with the second fifty percent in a 2-0 win at Reims in the French organization.

Messi replaced his friend as well as former Barcelona teammate Neymar in the 66th min as well as they shared a hug.

After years of glory for Messi at the 99,000-capacity Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, the record six-time Ballon d’Or champion as well as four-time Champions Organization victor made his first PSG look at the small 20,000-seater Stade Auguste Delaune.

Such is Messi’s celebrity variable that the residence followers shouted “Messi, Messi” while a grinning Reims goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic took a photo of Messi holding a youngster after the video game.

PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino was touched by the function for Messi, explaining that advocates of both groups were delighted to see him play.

“The welcome he got was something gorgeous to see as well as listen to, for our fans but likewise the Reims fans,” Pochettino claimed. “Messi was really pleased about it. His visibility generates a lot more excitement, everyone can feel it and it has an impact on the other gamers.”

Prior to the match, hundreds of fans gathered for a glimpse of Messi as he came down the team bus and also he waved back at them.

They wanted to see one of the all-time greats, together with Pele and also the late Diego Maradona, that Messi adored.

Messi’s incredible skill, close control, poise, vision, dancing feet, astute passing, rate of thought and also implementation have thrilled fans for years.

He netted 672 goals for Barca as well as won 35 prizes for the Spanish giant, including the 2015 Champions League along with Neymar.

That was the last time Messi won Europe’s elite trophy and also, rather actually, his last objective for Barca in the Champions Organization was a great strike away to PSG last season in the round of 16.

The 34-year-old Messi, that led his nation to the Copa America title last month, signed up with PSG three weeks earlier after his brand-new contract with Barcelona fell via.

Striker Kylian Mbappe was named in the starting lineup as Actual Madrid attempts to authorize him before completion of the summertime transfer home window.

Mbappe had actually already racked up both goals before Messi began.

He headed in Angel Di Maria’s cross in the 15th min and after that kipped down Achraf Hakimi’s cross in the 63rd for his 135th objective since signing up with PSG in 2017.

“No, I wasn’t amazed by his enthusiasm,” claimed Pochettino, that did not talk about Mbappe’s prompt future.

For it stays to be seen whether it’s his last for PSG, which has actually begun the season with 4 straight victories and has 12 factors.


French champion Lille and also Monaco finally won their initial video games of the season.

Yusuf Yazici and also Jonathan David scored as Lille beat Montpellier 2-1, as well as Sofiane Diop ordered both objectives as Monaco jumped back with a 2-1 win at Troyes.

Rages remains unbeaten as well as has 10 factors after beating Rennes 2-0 in your home.

Additionally, it was: Lens 2, Lorient 2; Strasbourg 3, Brest 1; Clermont 2, Metz 2.


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