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Video: Parc des Princes erupts as Lionel Messi breaks Ligue 1 duck with trademark strike

Video: Parc des Princes erupts as Lionel Messi breaks Ligue 1 duck with trademark strike

Messi finally off the mark in France

The waiting is over, ladies and gentlemen.

Lionel Messi has finally bagged his first goal in Ligue 1 this evening in Paris Saint-Germain’s 3-1 win against visiting FC Nantes at the Parc des Princes in the French capital.

And like so many goals before by the legendary Argentine forward, it was a trademark hit that set him off in the goalscoring column.

Messi lined up on the right side of a dream front three that also included French starlet Kylian Mbappé as well as Brazilian sensation – and close friend – Neymar as Les Parisiens looked for further separation in the table between themselves and high-flying RC Lens in second spot, who now trail PSG by a whopping 13-points before their visit to bottom-three threatened Stade Brestois.

Is the Argentine icon back to his best?

It was the 21st-time that Lionel Messi tried to open his account on the domestic front this season, one that has hardly started in a manner that anyone would have expected given his status in the game.

After his shock exit from Barcelona in the summer due to the club’s massive financial crisis that grabbed headlines all summer, Messi has dealt with a combination of injury issues as well as constant call-ups to the Argentine national team during a crowded fixture calendar involving World Cup qualifying in CONMEBOL.

To say that he has hardly been at his best this season would be a considerable understatement, but he has shown signs of brightness in patches for PSG, especially in the Champions League.

Video: Parc des Princes erupts as Lionel Messi breaks Ligue 1 duck with trademark strike

MARSEILLE, FRANCE – OCTOBER 24: Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain in action during the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Marseille and Paris Saint Germain at Orange Velodrome on October 24, 2021 in Marseille, France. (Photo by Xavier Laine/Getty Images)

He opened his overall club account on matchday two in a 2-0 win against Manchester City in front of the home support and doubled his efforts the following matchday with a brace against Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig – also at home – with a clutch brace in a narrow 3-2 win.

But it was all quiet on the goalscoring front for the Barcelona legend in Ligue 1 all season long after only appearing just five times, four of which were featuring in the starting XI.

Now that he has broken his duck, PSG fans the world over will be hoping that the real Lionel Messi will continue to stand up.


This article was edited by Ben Browning.