Of all the highlights that Lionel Messi has amassed over the years, the Paris Saint-Germain star managed to produce an impressive first-time performance in PSG’s Ligue 1 opener against Clermont Foot.
After extending his club’s lead to 4–0 with an 80th minute goal, Messi followed up the season opener in style after chesting off a well-placed pass from Leandro Paredes. Then, with his back to Clermont goalkeeper Mory Diaw, Messi fired up the Stade Gabriel-Montpied crowd with a masterful left-footed drive.
The acrobatic highlight added a resounding final touch to the contest as defending Ligue 1 champions PSG secured a 5–0 win in new coach Christophe Galtier’s first league game in charge. Messi finished the match with two goals and an assist.
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PSG relied heavily on Messi and Neymar, who scored the first goal and assisted the next three, as they began their season without the injured Kylian Mbappe. The star forward was absent on Saturday with an adductor injury and missed last week’s 4–0 win over Nantes to win the Champions Trophy through suspension.
With more than 700 career goals to his name, it’s always a pleasure to see Messi continue to find ways to surprise at 35. And, after a difficult first season with PSG, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has already made a perfect start to the new campaign.
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