Paris Saint-Germain fans can be relieved now as Lionel Messi has finally broken his goalscoring duck for the club. And also, for the first time, two of the MNM trio combined to score a goal as Kylian Mbappe made the assist that led to Lionel Messi's goal. At the 4th time of asking, Lionel Messi finally broke his goalless run for PSG since he moved to the club with a stunning goal against Manchester City on Matchday 2 of the UEFA Champions League.
How many games did it take Lionel Messi to score for PSG?
Lionel Messi completed a stunning free transfer to French club, Paris Saint-Germain during the summer after spending the past 18 years of his professional career at Barcelona. Lionel Messi had never scored a competitive goal for any club apart from Barcelona and the Parisians were made to wait before this feat was achieved. The 6-time Ballon d'Or winner made his debut against Reims in late August but didn't score any goal nor made an assist during the match.
Mauricio Pochettino and other PSG teammates had said a lot to assure that the Lionel Messi just needed time, time which spanned into four games. 2 games in the Ligue 1 and 2 in the UEFA Champions League. Pochettino earlier explained that the due to the change in teams and system, the 6-time Ballon d'Or winner would take some getting used to before he starts banging in the goals for United.
How did Messi score first PSG goal against Manchester City?
In what was a landmark meeting against Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain was able to call on the services of their famed trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe (MNM). Also, for the first time, the trio completed the full 90 minutes on the pitch of play together. The game's first goal was scored by Idrissa Gana Gueye before the MNM took over.
In the 74th minute, Lionel Messi picked up the ball from the right wing inside his own half and embarked one of his popular mazy runs towards the opposition goal. As the City defenders were backing towards their own goal, Lionel Messi exchanged passes with Kylian Mbappe with the Frenchman giving a timely one-touch cutback to the Argentine. Lionel Messi needed no other invitation, as he hit the ball first-time into the top corner of Ederson's net. Thus, it seemed like an accomplished night: 3 points in the bag and the MNM finally combining to score a goal for the Parisians.