During PSG’s visit to Remis’ field, in the 66th minute, Messi was brought on by coach Mauricio Pochettino to replace Neymar – a player who did not play well in 2 thirds of the match time. At the moment, PSG are leading 2-0 with 2 goals from Mbappe.
Since entering the field, Messi has been active, actively moving and pressing the home team players. In the 77th minute, the Argentine superstar took the initiative to steal the ball from defender Yunis Abdelhamid’s feet. He passed to Mbappe on the right, but the pass of the player wearing the number 7 shirt soon after did not reach Messi’s feet.
The moment Messi made his Ligue 1 debut
In addition to this situation, Messi had a few more dribbles in the middle of the field but could not make a difference against the home team’s defense. With about 30 minutes on the field, Messi launched a total of 21 passes, with 20 going to the right address. The 30-year-old striker has yet to launch a shot.
This is only Messi’s first match in a PSG shirt after a long time of not playing, so the feeling that El Pulga’s ball is not good is completely understandable. The last time the 34-year-old striker played was the final of the Copa America 2021 on July 10.
Messi has not had time to have his first goal for PSG
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner still needs more time to regain his best physical condition as well as get used to the unfamiliar French football environment. With the level of the top star, Messi will surely integrate quickly with his teammates at PSG.
After the last match against Reims, Messi will return to the army with the Argentina team to prepare for two important matches in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in South America against Venezuela and Brazil.
On September 12, PSG will host Clermont at the Park of the Princes in the fifth round of Ligue 1 and Messi is likely to have his first start and bring home a goal for the French team. Currently, PSG is leading Ligue 1 after 4 rounds.