Then the opposing goalkeeper Messi gives his baby a hand
Stand: 11:21 a.m.
Lionel Messi makes his debut for Paris St. Germain in Reims. When the superstar comes on, the opponent’s fans also cheer. The defeat of one’s own team becomes a side note. Even for the players.
EIt got loud in the stadium. The game became a minor matter because a substitute for the opponent rose from the bench in the 58th minute and began to warm up. Lionel Messi trotted a bit, sprinted a few times and stretched his leg muscles. Every move was accompanied by the supporters and seemed more important than what happened on the pitch at those moments during the game between Stade Reims and Paris St. Germain.
In the 66th minute the time had come: Coach Mauricio Pochettino changed the superstar. Lionel Messi made his debut for Paris St. Germain. For him, none other than Neymar left the pitch, who once moved from FC Barcelona to Paris for 222 million euros. Happy is the coach who can make such a change. PSG’s 2-0 was now a side note at the latest.
Even Reims’ fans rose from their seats and chanted the name of the superstar with the number 30 on his back. “I’ve never heard such jubilation on a substitution,” said PSG midfielder Ander Herrera.
Kylian Mbappé hits twice
The attraction Messi has arrived in League 1. The 34-year-old wore the FC Barcelona jersey for 21 years, now he’s doing magic in France. Or should do it soon. His debut, which lasted just under 30 minutes, still had little magic. The Argentine had 26 touches of the ball by the final whistle, played 21 passes, did not shoot at goal and was fouled three times.
“He was satisfied with the team and happy that he can develop further with his colleagues. He wants to keep working and I’m sure we’ll be even better soon, ”said Pochettino after his compatriot’s debut.
The 2-0 win in Reims sealed the perfect start to the season for PSG, who with twelve points after four games are where they all expected: at the top of the table. In addition to Messi, there are other not entirely untalented professionals at PSG. Like Kylian Mbappé, who made the victory in Reims perfect with his brace. It could have been the striker’s last goals for the French – the 22-year-old is determined to move to Real Madrid. There is a transfer fee of 170 million euros for the 22-year-old in the room.
Messi travels to Argentina for the national team
But even after the final whistle, only one thing was in the spotlight: Messi. Reims’ players sought contact with the superstar and clapped him off. The goalkeeper drove it to extremes. Predrag Rajkovic gave Messi his little son and took a souvenir photo on the lawn.
Rajkovic’s wife Ana then posted the picture on her Instagram account and wrote: “Thank you, Lionel Messi”
After making his debut for his new club, Messi has to be patient for now. The Argentine is now traveling to his national team and will play against Venezuela, Brazil and Bolivia in World Cup qualifiers. Messi could make his home debut against Clermont Foot on September 12th.