Leo Messiwith a brace and, above all, a spectacular bit from the bicycle kick, and Neymar, with a goal and three assists, were the absolute stars of Paris Saint-Germain in the 5-0 win at Clermont, this Saturday on matchday one of the French Ligue 1.
In the absence of Kylian Mbappé due to injury, the two South American stars they shone from start to finish in the victory of a PSG that intends to be champion of Ligue 1 again.
Messi sealed the win with a goal to remember, controlling a long pass from his Argentine compatriot with his chest Leandro Paredes and finishing off with his back to the goal, to put the final 5-0 in the 86th minute.
It was the first Chilean goal of his career and allowed him to reach Romario among the top scorers in football history, with 772 goals. Above them is only Cristiano Ronaldo, with 815.
Messi closed the win with a bicycle kick, the first time he has scored a goal in this way. Photo: REUTERS/Stephane Mahe .
Shortly before his great goal, in the 80th minute, Messi had scored his first goal of the match and of this Ligue 1 by smoothly pushing a pass offered almost as a gift by Neymar.
It was the third assist in the match for the Brazilian, who signed the first goal for his club in this league just in the 9th minute, finishing off after Messi touched lightly on a cross from paul sarabia.
Neymar then gave the decisive pass so that his Moroccan teammate Achraf Hakimi (in the 26th minute) beat the local goalkeeper, with a powerful shot in the area directly to the top corner, and then by hanging a ball that Sergio Ramos did not come by a little but that the also Brazilian Marquinhos (minute 38) headed straight into the goalkeeper Mory Diaw’s net.
With a three-goal lead at the break, the second half was very quiet for PSG, who sealed the win with Messi’s brace in the final minutes, which put a smile on the Argentine’s face, at the start of his second season with the French team.
“When Messi smiles, the team smiles too”, celebrated the new PSG coach, Christophe Galtier.
“I liked his goal,” Galtier said with a smile. And he added: “I’m not surprised, Leo has been playing at the highest level for 17 years. He had a difficult last season, in which he had to acclimatise, a change of life, but in the previous years he was at least 30 goals per season. . He has made a complete preparation, he already knows the club and his teammates, there is no reason for Leo not to have a great season“, he trusted.
Galtier heaped praise on the Argentine, and recounted a talk they had during the tour of Asia that the Parisian club carried out during the month of July.
“I spoke with Leo during our stay in Japan and also with the defensive sector to make sure that he can perform well all the time. Messi has a very sharp tactical sense, very clear. He quickly sees where he has to put himself, the way he positions himself. to play, he is in an area that he likes. He likes to play with the players around him. When Leo smiles, the team smiles too“, Completed the former Nice.
Paris Saint-Germain, champions of Ligue 1 last season, thus become leaders of the standings from the start due to a better goal difference.
Christophe Galtier has the objective of forming a team to his squad of stars. Photo: Jean-Philippe KSIAZEK / AFP.
The two official games played by the team at the start of the season have resulted in wins by landslide and without conceding a goal, since the previous one was 4-0 against Nantes last weekend in the Champions Trophy (Supercopa de France).
In that game against Nantes, played in Tel Aviv, Kylian Mbappé was not present due to a suspension and the French star did not play this Saturday in Auvergne due to a problem in the adductors.
Christophe Galtier’s stage as coach of PSG, where he has replaced the Argentine Mauricio Pochettino, is going by at the moment with complete calm.
Clermont was seventeenth last season and seems called this season to fight for permanence.
In the other game this Saturday, Monaco met with a 2-1 victory in Strasbourg.