Tonight, Lionel Messi was the Paris Saint-Germain’s first player. He replaced Neymar during the second-half in Mauricio Pochettino’s 2-0 win on the road in Ligue 1 Although Kylian Mbappe was playing his last game with the club, he signed his goodbyes in style by scoring a brace. This victory keeps PSG at the top of Ligue 1 with four victories from 4.
Mbappe’s possible departure is just one aspect of tonight’s story. He may not get to pitchside with Messi for more than 25 minutes.
This would be sad, considering these two top talents are on show. But Mbappe dreams of fulfilling his goals with Real Madrid.
However, it was an unforgettable night and you will need to adjust to Messi playing in the PSG blue.
Express Sport explored three moments which helped to capture the craziness surrounding the Argentine’s free box office transfer to France.
Whack the head
The struggle to see Messi navigate through such a physical, scrappy game was difficult.
The ball bounced and moved around a lot, and this was due to a lack of technical brilliance.
But when Messi grabbed the ball, it was clear that something might happen.
Soon, he was given a warm welcome to Ligue 1 and took a stomp around the cheeks.
Messi felt the impact of it and held his head, but that will not be a new thing.
While not all matches will look like this, it is a good idea to wait and see. However, La Liga is Messi’s homeland and Spanish football is easier on the eyes.
Neymar was delighted to be reunited with Messi, his Parisian friend. But now it seems he might have realized that his game time may not last.
In the second period, he was substituted for his Barcelona team-mate and while sitting on the bench, his face paint a portrait.
Pochettino could have a hard time cramming Messi and Neymar into one team, but the Frenchman may be on his way to the exit.
Neymar, however, will not feel threatened.
Pochettino may have to make it difficult to keep all the stars of PSG happy, but that’s not an unreasonable problem.
Publiated at Sun 29 August 2021 21.40:43 +0000