Coronation in Reims: King Messi makes his debut at Mbappé Gala

Coronation in Reims
King Messi makes his debut at Mbappé Gala

The viewers in Reims have to wait a long time for the Messi debut. But then he comes and plays his first 30 minutes in the dress of Paris Saint-Germain in the 2-0 win in Reims. Kylian Mbappé scores both goals. Was that his parting present?

The premiere of Argentina’s football icon Lionel Messi in the dress of his new employer Paris St. Germain lasted exactly 30 minutes. The 34-year-old, a player and identification figure of FC Barcelona for 21 years, made his PSG debut at Stade Reims. In the 2-0 (1-0) victory of the Parisians, Messi came on in the 66th minute.

The fourth win of the season was given to the Parisians by Kylian Mbappé, of all people, with a double pack. Six-time world footballer Messi still had to follow the goals (16th, 63rd) of his new teammate from outside. Mbappé, on the other hand, was in the starting line-up as well as the 222 million euro man Neymar. PSG remains undefeated and continues to lead the table with the maximum yield of twelve points.

Pochettino destroys the dream

When Messi warmed up on the sidelines from the 58th minute, the spectators were already cheering. But there was no joint use of the “MNM storm” because Neymar left the field for Messi. In the final phase, 2014 world champion Julian Draxler (81st) also came to the train. Paris dominated the game for long stretches, but Reims also had opportunities. The goal by Marshall Munetsi (51.) was canceled after minutes of VAR review due to offside. Mbappé headed for an early lead and increased from close range in the second half. Messi’s first touches with the ball were celebrated by the crowd.

The “L’Equipe” already wrote on the front page: “Leo I, a king in Reims!” With this, the sports newspaper reminded of the old tradition that the French kings were traditionally crowned in Reims. Even the nomination for the game was sold as “coronation” by L’Equipe. PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino had already announced on Saturday that in addition to Messi, Mbappé and Neymar are “sure” to be part of the squad. The Argentine coach also emphasized at the press conference before the game that Mbappé had not told him that he wanted to leave PSG for Real.

Mbappé staying?

Nonetheless, speculation about Mbappé, who is supposed to move to the Spanish capital for 180 million euros, is increasing before the end of the transfer window on Tuesday (August 31). It is clear that Messi is looking for his luck on the Seine. After the sensational transfer of the Argentine from FC Barcelona, ​​the cup winner initially did without the runner-up world champion from 2014 because he was not yet in the necessary fitness. In Reims, Messi was part of the capital club’s squad for the first time.

After more than two decades at Barca, Messi had opted for a transfer to Paris after the Catalans could no longer pay the South American’s salary. According to reports, the runner-up in 2014 at PSG should collect around 40 million euros net per annum.

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