Messi makes PSG debut in 2-0 win over Reims

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Lionel Messi made his Paris St-Germain debut as a substitute in the 66th minute in the 2-0 Ligue 1 win at Reims.

The Argentine, wearing his new PSG number 30 jersey, received a standing ovation when he replaced his friend Neymar in front of a sold-out crowd.

It was the first club game of his career for a team other than Barcelona.

“He is still far from his best form, but he has trained well and will be fit for the next two weeks,” boss Mauricio Pochettino told Amazon.

“We are waiting for the best of him. I am very happy that he made his debut. It was very important to him.

“He was good, from the first touch he gave the team peace of mind. It’s good for him to start with a win.

“It was good to hear the crowd cheering him on, not just our fans, Leo deserves that.”

Kylian Mbappe scored both goals in what might be his last appearance for the club and Real Madrid are keen to sign him before Tuesday’s transfer deadline.

Real Madrid have made a € 160m (£ 137m) offer to sign the 22-year-old, who has now scored 135 goals in 175 games for PSG. -BBC sports

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