The return of the champ. While we had not seen Lionel Messi on a field since the coronation of Argentina in the final of the 2022 World Cup, against the France team (3-3, 4 TAB to 2), on December 18 in Qatar, the 35-year-old striker made his comeback to competition this Wednesday evening, against Angers SCO (2-0). If PSG had decided on the spot by not organizing a special celebration at the Parc des Princes to honor him, once again (after the guard of honor at Camp des Loges and the presentation of a trophy from the hands of Luis Campos), the reception of the Parisian public for its Albiceleste star was the main question of the evening.
From the warm-up, a good part of the Boulogne stand quickly paid tribute to Lionel Messi by singing the famous “Messi, Messi, Messi” with regard to the former captain of FC Barcelona. Overall, it went pretty well for the seven-time Ballon d’Or, who was applauded en masse when his name was announced by the announcer when giving the identity of the XI of Paris SG. Regarding the field, namely the most important, the native of Rosario made a good impression, honoring his new status as world champion.
He started his match rather well by being the author of the penultimate assist for Nordi Mukiele on the opener signed Hugo Ekitike (5th). Everything was still not perfect for a Lionel Messi in diesel mode, which we first saw lack accuracy in the last gesture, as on these services to Neymar then Sergio Ramos in the first period. “I am satisfied in the sense that we are back to winning ways, and with the behavior of the teamwelcomed Christophe Galtier at the microphone of Canal +before making an important point. We are post-World Cup, it is difficult to find benchmarks. We are all getting together. There were a few connections missing. Tonight, it was by frequency. Post-World Cup, things are not simple. Everyone must find themselves in the game plans.dropped the PSG coach, as if to explain the small misses of his Argentine star.
Messi distinguished himself for his return
Despite everything, Messi showed great will on the meadow, showing a lot of desire and involvement. His race not far from the corner post to prevent the leather from coming out in touch, before delivering a love pass for Ekitike near the surface (27th), is certainly not trivial. Enough to send a strong message to those who could doubt his involvement after having raised the Grail in Qatar. Ball at the foot, we found the Messi capable of destabilizing the defenses (35th, 89th) and distilling several caviars for his own after having attracted many players in a small perimeter around him (40th, 76th). La Pulga again received an ovation from the Parc des Princes after giving the Ile-de-France residents a comfortable advantage and at the same time scoring their 13th goal of the season in 20 games (72nd).
Some Argentine flags were even, at this time, proudly brandished on the side of the Boulogne tribune. Note that without a very good Paul Bernardoni on a header from Sergio Ramos deposited by him from a free kick (42nd), he could have exceeded Neymar in the number of assists distilled in Ligue 1 this season (10 for the Brazilian, 10 for Messi, best total in the league). Everyone knows what Leo Messi is capable of. “He scored, we are very happy for him, very happy that he is world champion. Now we have to take advantage of his talent on the pitch, it’s a privilege to play with him, to see him every day. I think all the players and supporters are also happy for him.”confided Fabian Ruiz at the microphone of Channel at the final whistle.
“When Leo has the ball, you know he can find passes that not everyone can find”
“It’s always a pleasure to be with Leorejoiced Nordi Mukiele at our microphone, in the mixed zone after the meeting. He is world champion, we are all happy for him. I think he also came back with a smile, even though he had it before he left. We are all very happy for Leo too because for his comeback today, he managed to score. It’s a very good thing for him and for us too. He really is a world champion, that’s what he lacked. I’m happy for him, he’ll come back to help us, we’ll need him for this season with the matches coming up in the Champions League and in the league. »
And the former RB Leipzig player, author of a new convincing performance, to insist on the importance of the presence of top players like Messi. “It’s like when Kylian is there, we know that the opponent fears players like Kylian, Ney, Leo. He helped us a lot today. When Leo has the ball, you know he can find passes that not everyone can find. He scores and plays a good match, we are very happy to have recovered him tonight. » Let the Parisians be reassured, Lionel Messi is indeed back, fitter and happier than ever, ready to take PSG, perhaps, to the roof of Europe at the end of the season.