Lionel Messi performed more magic for PSG. (USA TODAY Sports)
Given all of his achievements, it should not surprise anyone that Lionel Messi scored in his first game for Paris St-Germain on Wednesday, since leading Argentina to a World Cup triumph last month.
Messi, 35, who was rested in PSG’s first three games since the competition, connected for the second goal in the 2-0 victory over Angers in French Ligue 1 action at Parc des Princes in Paris.
Hugo Ekitike lifted the hosts to the lead in the fifth minute off Nordi Mukiele’s cross on a scoring sequence in which Messi also featured.
Messi did his thing in the 72nd minute as he tallied his 13th goal of the season as Ekitike and Mukiele assisted. After Messi deposied the ball into the back of the net, the goal was nullified for being offside, before a VAR check allowed it to stand.
Brazilian star Neymar also started, although French international striker Kylian Mbappe, who registered a hat-trick in the World Cup final, was rested for a second consecutive as he was on holiday in New York.