Lionel Messi opens account in style to silence doubters and haunt Pep Guardiola as PSG get Champions League revenge on Man City


Lionel Messi picked the perfect stage to open his PSG account with a classic goal during a 2-0 victory over Manchester City in the Champions League.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner silenced any doubters with a trademark strike, dribbling from deep before curling a stunning effort into the top corner at the Parc des Princes.

PSG fans had been waiting for this moment and it didn’t disappoint

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PSG fans had been waiting for this moment and it didn’t disappoint

City’s defence could not stop the brilliant Argentine

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City’s defence could not stop the brilliant Argentine

It followed a first-half strike from Idrissa Gueye as Mauricio Pochettino’s men avenged last season’s semi-final defeat to the Premier League champions.

But Messi will grab all the headlines after delivering yet another moment of magic against his former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola.

Speaking on commentary for talkSPORT, former City defender Danny Mills said: “Wow, wow, wow. People that didn’t think Messi was still up to it, this is him at his very best.

“He glides across the turf, goes past Laporte, who can’t keep pace with him. He just holds him off, and as he plays the one-two, that finish into the top right corner is exquisite.

Messi combined with Kylian Mbappe for the goal

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Messi combined with Kylian Mbappe for the goal

PSG’s superstars delivered their first big performance together

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PSG’s superstars delivered their first big performance together

“How many times how we seen Messi do that? For me, the best player I’ve ever seen.

“He is quite simply outstanding.”

Messi combined with Kylian Mbappe for his debut strike as the 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 supplied the finish.

Gueye was the unlikely hero

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Gueye was the unlikely hero

PSG were worthy winners on the night

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PSG were worthy winners on the night

With Messi and Neymar in the box and Mbappe on the ball, it fell to Gueye, and an incredible finish into the top corner means we shouldn’t be surprised its his fourth goal of the season.

An outrageous miss by Bernardo Silva presented City’s best chance to equalise, although replays showed the forward may have been given offside upon review.

And while City were not outplayed, they were not the same side who beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Guardiolas men slip to third in their Champions League group, a point behind PSG and Club Brugge. Next up? Liverpool in the Premier League.

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