‘That is just Messi all over… the pace, the strength, the balance, the finish. PHENOMENAL’: Lionel Messi’s maiden goal for PSG against Man City hailed by Rio Ferdinand and Owen Hargreaves
- PSG’s new all-stat attack finally hit form on Tuesday as they beat Man City
- Lionel Messi bagged his first goal for the Parisians to make in 2-0 on 74 minutes
- The icon laid-off to Kylian Mbappe, who flicked back to setup a sublime finish
- Rio Ferdinand was delighted to see Messi properly announcing himself in Paris
Lionel Messi is scoring goals in the Champions League again – a sentence to send shivers down defenders spines, unless you’re marvelling at him from a studio.
The Argentinian icon bagged his first PSG goal in style on Tuesday, secured a big three points in Group A, sunk his old boss Pep Guardiola and got the Parc des Princes rocking.
Messi looked himself again on the big stage, showing his 34-year-old legs still have most of that electric pace by driving through City’s defence, playing a one-two with Kylian Mbappe and lifting it into the top corner.
Lionel Messi is off the mark for PSG after scoring against Manchester City on Tuesday night
Messi raced through the City defence, laid-off for Kylian Mbappe before hitting the top corner
Now Rio Ferdinand doesn’t have to fear Messi turning him inside out on a pitch again, he delighted in another night to remember.
‘We have waited and it is worth the wait for what Lionel Messi did tonight,’ the former Manchester United defender said on BT Sport.
Former Manchester United midfielder Michael Brown on BBC added: ‘We know where all the headlines are going to be. Good performances from both teams, flashes of brilliance.
‘But the headlines will be taken by Lionel Messi and that’s what we expect from the great man himself.
Messi made a slow start to life at PSG but Rio Ferdinand was delighted to see him get going
The Parisians’ outrageous front three of Messi, Mbappe and Neymar can now push on
‘He’s back and he’s with PSG. It’s been a great game and ultimately the finishing they had got PSG the win.’
Owen Hargreaves added: ”Tactically the game-plan was perfect. PSG defended with eight and the three stayed at the top of the pitch. And when you have Messi, Neymar and Mbappe, you can win any game.’
Joleon Lescott said: ‘A (good) defensive performance from PSG tonight. They attacked well and the rest of the team defended. A solid performance from them.’