REIMS, France – Lionel Messi played his first thirty minutes with Paris Saint-Germain, applauded by the entire Reims stadium for a victory (2-0) signed before his entry by Kylian Mbappé, Sunday for the fourth day of Ligue 1 .
Messi has arrived, Mbappé is still there, Neymar has returned. The magic trio has not yet evolved together, since the prestigious Argentine rookie replaced the Brazilian in the 65th minute, but if Mbappé, author of a double (16th, 63rd) does not go to Real Madrid, who hopes so always, France will have other occasions to ignite.
The Auguste-Delaune stadium, which had not seen this since Raymond Kopa and Just Fontaine in the 1950s, gave a royal and very fair welcome to the immense Parisian recruit. And his team could only bow.
PSG recovers first place with this fourth victory in four matches and will feverishly await the end of the transfer window, Tuesday at midnight, to find out if he eats MNM’s (Messi-Neymar-Mbappé) all season.
Real Madrid are still courting the world champion and have even raised the stakes to 180 million euros, but PSG repeat that they refuse to cede their striker to the Spanish club.
Mbappé is still in the blue jersey. He headed his second goal of the season, emerging between Wout Faes and Andreaw Gravillon.
Doubled by Mbappé
He has signed two headed goals this season, as much as his previous 132 goals for PSG!
While waiting to gauge the complicity with Messi, the center came from its usual provider, Angel Di Maria.
If his desires for Real Madrid saddened Parisian supporters, Mbappé was normally celebrated by the parking of the followers of PSG, in front of which he ran after scoring.
The world champion came out all smiles from the fray of his teammates, all of whom came to celebrate his goal in this turbulent period for him.
On the second, Mbappé left against took advantage of the offside limit of an excellent in-depth service from Achraf Hakimi.
The case folded, the temperature rose a notch in the Auguste-Delaune stadium, archicomble (20,525 spectators) and on which the eyesc of the whole world were fixed.
When Messi left to warm up (58th), the stadium really ignited and screamed when the Ligue 1 star took off the chasuble and the tracksuit jacket.
“Messi! Messi! “
And Delaune exploded when he came on. All the stands sang “Messi! Messi” when he replaced Neymar.
Even with half an hour of play (25 minutes plus 6 additional time), even with Mbappé’s double, he was the star of the day, the sound gradually increasing.
As soon as he appeared on the screens, when he got off the players’ bus, Leo Messi received a mixture of whistles and applause from the Reims public.
At the announcement of the composition of the bench of substitutes, his name, the last, number 30 requires, was more warmly greeted. Until the final explosion. Perhaps Delaune would have even applauded a goal from Messi?
Mauricio Pochettino’s men did not need him to rule out Reims.
If Neymar was rather average for his return, PSG has long deprived the Red and White of the ball.
Before Messi’s entry, the only thrills of the first period came from the twirling Ilan Kebbal, a good pass spoiled by El Bilal Touré (13th) and a tricky center finally boxed by Navas (40th).
Cassama also made the Reims kop vibrate by finding the square on a bell strike (42nd).
But Reims jostled the Parisians after the break, where Oscar Garcia, suspended, changed two players, Banzouzi Locko for Cassama and Valon Berisha for Nathanaël Mbuku (46th).
The Champenois believed to sand an equalizer (51st), by Marshall Munetsi, but François Letexier, after a long video refereeing sequence, finally refused it for an offside of the Zimbabwean.
Then Mbappé doubled the bet and Messi entered. His first at the Parc des Princes should take place on September 11, against Clermont, after his long trip to South America for the qualifications for the World-2022.
The welcome promises to be exceptional.