And on the seventh day, God… made his first appearance with Paris Saint-Germain. Sunday August 29, 2021 will forever have a place in the history books. The day Lionel Messi (34) wore a shirt that changed Barcelona for the first time. We were in first grade in Reims.
Simultaneous swearing in Portuguese, Spanish, Hindi, etc. France and the world were eagerly awaiting the debut of Lionel Messi on Sunday night. From Argentina to India to Brazil: journalists from all over the world came to Reims to watch the first match of Argentina in Paris. The champagne was cold, the bow strained. Only Mauricio Pochettino decided to allow his compatriot to start on the bench. They call them aguafiestas in Argentina. Party spoiler. Messi Cuccittini Lionel Andes, hiding at the bottom of the match sheet, with jersey number 30: If you didn’t know better, you’d think she was a young talent. Consider a raid.
Not a Leo, but a lion
The Stade Auguste-Delaune was completely full for the first time in a long time. Ready for a historic evening. In Reims, Wout Faes were the first to come out for a warm-up, as they were cheered loudly by the home crowd. The reception of visitors was even more hostile: Mbappe and Neymar whistled. And Messi? It didn’t even show up while warming up. For a moment, the gazes in the stands moved en masse toward the green grass, when heroic music roared through the speakers out of nowhere… of the mascot, Auguste. Lion. No Leo yet. Tension escalates. When the squads were called up, Messi was the only visitor to win the applause at home. There is also great respect in France.
Reims was surfing smoothly in the opening stage to the enthusiasm of his supporters. For ten minutes Faes, Foket and co. The impression of being able to keep up with Parisians. Until the fifteenth minute. Angel Di Maria – the Argentine on the right flank after all – sent Mbappe a calculated cross. Killian went smoothly.
Then Paris Saint-Germain took control of the match. Not that she played Reims from one column to the next, but the Parisians did what they wanted. Especially when Mbappe turned on his turbo, Reims’ defense had a hard time following, as a Spanish journalist watched “Que bueno es, tio” in the press gallery. You don’t have to tell them in Madrid that Mbappe is good. Did the striker play his last match in Paris? It will be on Monday or Tuesday.
Meanwhile, he was still waiting for the first minutes of Mr. Messi. The Argentine also excelled in the absence during the warm-up period for the benches during the first half. Did he warm up in the catacombs or in a stadium behind the stadium? God knows.
Barely seven minutes into the second half, it appeared that Reims was fighting back in the match. With a goal reminiscent of a 0-1 score, the home team tied. But after the VAR intervened for a minute – yes, they took their time in France to draw the lines – the party was called off. Another corrupt party.
Around the clock, the collective waiting was rewarded and Pochettino kept cheering Auguste Delaon. Messi was sent to the warm-up area. The stands spread out. The fact that Mbappe made it 0-2 at around the same time with Hakimi’s help could hardly hurt anyone. Moments later, it was official. 66th minute. Neymar ceded his place to Messi. God descended in France.
Scoring was out of the question on his debut, no matter how hard he was sought after by his teammates. But what Messi did, it was good. Few smart taps and many sharp accelerations. The chapter is still dripping. YOU CAN FEEL EVERYTHING: That number thirty–requiring getting used to–at the bottom of the foil can do something. Maybe give a starting point next time, Mauricio.
Lionel Messi entered Reims:
Hours before the match, fans were already flocking to the Paris Saint-Germain star hotel.
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