Lionel Messi finally scored his first goal for Paris Saint-Germain in a victorious match against Manchester City at the club’s home ground on Tuesday.
Prior to his first football goal, Messi has failed to score a goal during his first three appearances for his new club. His comeback to Mauricio Pochettino’s side marked an excellent run with a stunning finish at 16 minutes before the time.
The goal has put the French club ahead in the Champions League with their 2-0 victory against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
Messi’s first goal for PSG is both impressive and also common to the Argentinian as he charged forward from the right along with Kylian Mbappe before striking the ball with his might into the opponent’s net.
The victory has caused a surreal noise as Paris Saint-Germain fans have celebrated when they saw the football superstar score his first goal since he joined the club in August.
Messi said in an interview with Canal Plus, “The most important thing was to win the game against a great side, one of the favorites. It’s true that I was getting desperate to score my first goal. I hadn’t played much recently and I had only played once here at home but I am settling into the team little by little.”
Barcelona’s former superstar had skipped the last two matches of PSG due to a knee injury but the fans think that he is being prepared for this glorious moment. Messi only completed 90 minutes for PSG prior to this match before being lined up with Neymar and Mbappe.
Man City’s Response
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola said in an interview, “We controlled them and unfortunately we could not score. That’s football. Nothing to say except my biggest compliment to the team.”
When asked about Messi, he responded, “We know it’s impossible to control Leo. He didn’t see a lot of the ball, but he’s unstoppable.”
PSG along with Club Brugge has tied for four points at the top tier of Group A, the latter won 2-1 at RB Leipzig, Man City has three points in the spot.
The defending champions of the last season of Premier League are hoping that they will have a rematch with PSG when they meet with them in the reverse fixture, but they know that this was not the case for them because it is the night PSG basked in their glory with Messi scoring his first goal for the club.
The surprising star of the French team however is Idrissa Gueye, the Senegal player had a brilliant finish on his own as the game opened with an eight-minute lead.
Neymar struggled to connect with Mbappe’s pass from the right but the ball landed to Gueye and he propelled it into the opponent’s net.
The city has been nervous due to their previous match at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea in a 1-0 win and they are chasing the clock as the game progresses.
Manchester City’s Guardiola made a tactical decision to switch Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus with Riyad Mahrez and Sterling.
The city has successfully cut off PSG’s trio from the rest but at the game’s penultimate minutes, Messi holds off Aymeric Laporte before finishing off the game with a powerful strike 16 minutes before time.
Mauricio Pochettino strategically placed the powerful trio of Messi, Neymar, and Mbappe right in the front to intimidate Man City. The fans have long been desiring to watch the three football superstars play together for the first time.
Now that the world’s best football player is in a club along with fellow superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, Paris Saint-Germain is unstoppable and now considered a formidable opponent and the world’s most prestigious BBC football club.