Lionel Messi is the best player in the world. Against Reims, Mbappe scores twice in his PSG debut, as the team defeats the French champion.
THERE ARE NO REIMS — THERE ARE NO REIMS — THERE ARE NO REIMS — THERE ARE NO REIMS — THERE ARE NO REIMS — THERE ARE NO REIMS — THERE ARE NO REIMS — THERE ARE NO REIMS — There are no REIMS — Premier League debut for Lionel Messi came on Sunday, when PSG defeated Stade de Reims 2-0 at the Stade de Reims in Ligue 1. Messi came off the bench to make his debut for PSG. Although Kylian Mbappe scored twice in the win, it was the Frenchman who stole the show.
In a match in which even the home crowd chanted for Messi (you can buy his new PSG jersey here), the France international scored once in each half and was finally rewarded just after Mbappe’s second goal. To unleash the legendary Argentine, who came on as a substitute for Neymar, Mauricio Pochettino had to wait until the final 66th minute. As a result of the switch, we will have to wait and see if the Messi-Neymar-Mbappe trio ever gets the chance to play together at PSG.
For what it was worth, when it came to Messi and Mbappe, the Frenchman was visibly delighted to be on the same field as his illustrious new teammate and went out of his way to find him at times when he might otherwise have done so with other, more familiar teammates.
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This was the second time in as many games that Mbappe, who is heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid as the transfer window draws to a close, demonstrated why he is so important to Les Parisiens. As his strong understanding with summer signing Achraf Hakimi continues to develop, the Frenchman headed in from a Di Maria cross after a quarter of an hour and added the finishing touch to a lightning-fast counter-attack after 63 minutes.
When Messi linked up with Mbappe 12 minutes from time, the opportunity was snuffed out, and the South American was exposed to the heavy tackling that is characteristic of Ligue 1 during a period in which Reims lost their cool at times.
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