It was the moment European football had been waiting for, and Pep Guardiola knew it would almost certainly be “unstoppable.”
Late in the game against Manchester City at the Parc des Princes, Lionel Messi slipped forward from the halfway line, played a one-two with Paris St-Germain teammate Kylian Mbappe, and left goalkeeper Ederson frozen to the spot with a shot into the top corner.
It was his first goal for a club other than Barcelona in his entire career, and it clinched a 2-0 win for the team that signed him primarily to lead them to Champions League glory.
That strike ended a run of 264 minutes without a goal for Messi since his summer move from Spain. Manager Mauricio Pochettino celebrated with a sense of jubilation. Guardiola had seen Messi at close quarters enough to know it was as good as inevitable. Messi himself was left with a huge sense of relief.
“It’s true that I was getting desperate to score my first goal,” Messi told French broadcaster Canal Plus. “I hadn’t played much recently and I had only played once here at home but I am settling into the team little by little.
“The more us forwards play together, the better our relationship will be. We all need to grow together and improve and keep giving our best.”
Source: BBC Sport jk Jo