Lionel Messi picked the perfect scene to open his PSG account with a classic goal in a 2-0 win over Manchester City in the Champions League.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner silenced all skeptics with a trademark shot, dribbling from the depths before completing an astonishing effort in the skylight of the Parc des Princes.
This followed a first-half strike by Idrissa Gueye as Mauricio Pochettino’s men took revenge for last season’s semi-final loss to the Premier League champions.
But Messi will be making headlines after delivering another magical moment against his former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola.
Speaking on talkSPORT’s comments, former City defender Danny Mills said: “Wow, wow, wow. People who didn’t think Messi was up to the job yet, he’s him at his best .
“He slips on the grass, overtakes Laporte, who can not keep up with his pace. He holds it back just right, and as he plays the one-two, that finish in the upper right corner is exquisite.
“How many times have we seen Messi do that?” For me the best player I have ever seen.
“He is simply exceptional.
Messi teamed up with Kylian Mbappe for his first strike as a superstar duo, alongside Neymar, finally delivered the goods after a slow start to the season.
They were all involved in the first goal, but it was a former Everton midfielder who provided the finish.
With Messi and Neymar in the box and Mbappe on the ball, he fell on Gueye, and an incredible finish in the top corner means we shouldn’t be surprised with his fourth goal of the season.
An outrageous failure by Bernardo Silva gave City the best chance to equalize, although reruns showed the forward may have been offside during the review.
And while City weren’t dominated, it wasn’t the same side that beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Guardiolas’ men slip to third place in their Champions League group, one point behind PSG and Club Brugge. The following ? Liverpool in the Premier League.
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