Lionel Messi makes Ligue 1 debut; Kylian Mbappé shines in PSG win

Lionel Messi-PSG (Sports Illustrated)

Paris: Lionel Messi made his first appearance in Paris Saint-Germain shirt on Sunday, coming at the 66th minute of the game for Neymar Jr as the Parisians beat Remis 2-0.

Lionel Messi, left his boyhood club Barcelona to join PSG this summer in a most shocking deal after his contract with the former had expired back in June. It was much anticipated , to see him in the PSG shirt, playing with Neymar once again, who along with Luis Suarez formed probably the best attacking trio of the last decade. But coming in for Neymar himself, the opportunity of seeing Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé pairing up has to be waited for.

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Mbappé scores a brace in both the halves seal the deal for Paris Saint-Germain winning their third consecutive game of the League. The Real Madrid linked forward opened the scoring in 16 minutes from kickoff, comfortably heading in a Angel Di Maria cross.
Although PSG had the control of the game, Remis gave PSG a lot of reasons to worry. The relief for PSG came in the 63rd minute, when Mbappé sublimely converted a cross from Achraf Hakimi giving the an extended lead. Messi had a chance, to score linking up with Mbappé, but it finally succumbed to the heavy tackling of desperate Remis side.

Although it was extravagant to see the link up between Messi and Mbappé, and it can already be understood that addition of Neymar will be a cherry on the top , this encounter might be one of the last for Mbappé, who has not renewed his contract with PSG, and with Real Madrid already submitted heavy bids for the star which has always been his dream destination.

PSG will be hosting Clermont Foot at Parc De Princes on August 12, with a hope of holding their lead and the encounter might finally see Messi, Neymar and Mbappé together.


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