Messi Mania has started in earnest in France.
Almost three weeks after completing his move to Paris Saint-Germain, Messi finally made his Ligue 1 debut when he came on as a substitute to replace Neymar in the 66th minute of the team’s clash with Reims. Seeing Messi in PSG’s blue and red, with the number 30, still seems like a strange dream.
PSG managed an easy 2-0 win on a pair of Kylian Mbappé goals, both scored before Messi entered the game. It wasn’t the most exciting debut, but it was a good way to let Messi get into a game before the international break and before what should hopefully be his home debut on September 11 against Clermont.
For the other players on the field, however, playing against Messi was the experience of a lifetime. None of the Reims players could have expected before the season began that they would share the pitch with perhaps the greatest player in football history, let alone in his first game for his new club. It was the kind of day they will want to remember forever.
Goalkeeper Predrag Rajković’s son is too young to remember what he saw at Stade Auguste Delaune, but his father made sure he had proof that he was there. After the match, Rajković tracked down Messi and handed him his son to pose for a photo.
Rajković’s wife Ana posted the photo on Instagram.
That could be a sign of things to come for Messi’s tenure in France. It’s been a long time since Ligue 1, the sixth best European league, had a star close to its caliber. (Mbappé and Neymar are outstanding players, but they are not global icons on the same level as Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.) PSG’s road schedule will be a traveling circus with Messi as the main attraction. Rajković will not be the last to throw a baby into Messi’s arms, ask for an autograph or take a selfie. Nor should it be. Being able to share the field with a legend of Messi’s stature is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
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