PSG vs. Manchester City

PSG are back on track now after a poor Matchday 1

Lionel Messi got his first goal for Paris Saint-Germain, and his new club got their first win in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday, beating fellow contender Manchester City 2-0 on Matchday 2. After a poor opener in a 1-1 draw at Club Brugge, and with Messi yet to record an assist or goal for his new team, it seemed like only a matter of time before they got their statement performance and Messi got off the mark. 

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While Messi’s first turnout in PSG colours following his bombshell move from Barcelona was the story of the day, it was Kylian Mbappe who stole the show in a two-goal performance.

Mbappe, rumoured to be going to Real Madrid at the end of the season, scored in the 16th and 63rd minutes to set up the win.

Messi, meanwhile, was held back until about 25 minutes left when he replaced his old Barcelona teammate Neymar and the travelling PSG fans went wild.

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The French club’s sporting director Leonardo on Wednesday admitted that they will not be able to keep the World Cup winner “if he wants to leave”.

“Our position has always been the same, to keep Kylian and extend his contract,” Leonardo told several media including AFP as he discussed the future of Mbappe, whose current contract expires at the end of this season.

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Messi, 34, will wear the number 30 as revealed in a video by the club, the number he had when he began his professional career at Barcelona between 2004-2006.

“I am excited to begin a new chapter of my career at Paris Saint-Germain,” said Messi in a statement on the club’s website.

Messi is joining other stars at PSG such as France forward Kylian Mbappe, Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, Spain center-back Sergio Ramos and Brazil’s Neymar to complete a super team.

It comes after Messi arrived in the French capital to a hero’s welcome and undergoing a medical.

'I'd bite Neymar to stop him!'

The Brazil star has scored in his last two Ligue 1 appearances, taking his tally for the season to nine goals, and looks to be in dangerous form ahead of Paris Saint-Germain's trip to Stade de la Meinau.

Domenech, who signed for PSG from Strasbourg as a player in 1981, believes Thierry Laurey's 17th-placed side might need to adopt some extreme measures if they are to contain the world's most expensive forward.


Neymar gets PSG number 10 shirt

PSG completed the sensational move for the Brazil forward on Thursday, a switch that has cost them €222million after they met his Camp Nou release clause.

Neymar wore number 11 at Barca with Lionel Messi occupying the 10 shirt, which is the jersey he wears for Brazil's national team.

His new club confirmed after the 25-year-old's move that will get the chance to wear 10 in Paris.