REIMS Lionel Messi finally made his Paris Saint-Germain debut on Sunday, coming off the bench in the club’s 2-0 win away to Stade de Reims in Ligue 1. But it was Kylian Mbappe who stole the show with two goals in the victory.
The France international scored once in each half until the local fans shouted for Messi (Buy the new Paris Saint-Germain shirt here) and was finally rewarded after Mbappe scored the second goal. Mauricio Pochettino waited until the last 66 minute to unleash the legendary Argentine, who replaced Neymar. The switch means we will have to wait and see if the trio of Messi, Neymar and Mbappe see the light of day at PSG.
As far as Messi and Mbappe have gone, the Frenchman was clearly very happy to be on the same field with his illustrious new teammate and immediately looked for him at some times when he might not be with his more famous teammates.
The 22-year-old, who is closely linked to Real Madrid as the transfer window nears its end, has once again underlined his importance to Les Parisiens with a clinical performance. Mbappe headed in a cross from Di Maria after a quarter of an hour and put the final touch to a quick counter-attack after 63 minutes, with his strong understanding continuing with the arrival of summer Achraf Hakimi.
Messi’s best chance was gone 12 minutes before the time after linking up with Mbappe, and the South American player was introduced to the usual heavy tackle in Ligue 1 as Reims sometimes lost his temper near the end.
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