Lionel Messi has for the first time in his illustrious career, scored a goal in club football that was not for FC Barcelona. With a trademark goal, the #30 gave Paris Saint-Germain an important goal against Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League.
Idrissa Gana Gueye gave PSG an early lead but the Parisians have been under pressure from the Citizens time and again. With his team under pressure, Messi scored an important goal to give PSG a two-goal lead in the 74th minute.
LEO MESSI SCORES HIS FIRST GOAL FOR PSG pic.twitter.com/loIXhBzESC— CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) September 28, 2021
Messi took the ball on the counter and dribbled from the right towards the center. Achraf Hakimi made a darting run on the outside, but Messi used him as a decoy and looked to combine to the middle. He played a one-two with Kylian Mbappé, who flicked it back with the outside of his boot. Messi took it first time with his left, from just outside the 18-yard box. His powerful strike flew into the top right corner, leaving Ederson with no chance.
Messi has been hampered so far in the early stages of the season due to injuries. The wait for his first goal with his new club was left protracted. This was a huge goal for PSG, in the biggest match of the season so far. After a draw in their opening match in the Champions League against Club Brugge, PSG badly need to get back to winning ways to position themselves to try to win their group, and they are looking likely to do just that against City.