“First league game, first win” – Lionel Messi reacts after PSG’s thumping 5-0 win against Clermont Foot

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) star Lionel Messi has reacted to his side’s opening day 5-0 demolition of Clermont Foot on July 6.

PSG couldn’t have gotten off to a better start in Christophe Galtier’s first competitive match in charge.

Neymar got the ball rolling in the eighth minute following a cutback from Pablo Sarabia and a deflection off of Messi.

Everything the Argentine touched on the evening seemingly turned to gold.

PSG broke in the 24th minute with Messi striding forward playing a one-two with Neymar who then fed in Achraf Hakimi who blasted home a second.

Then, in the 38th minute, a delightful in-swinging free-kick from Neymar was headed home by skipper Marquinhos.

But it was all about Messi on the opening weekend of the season as he made the second half his own.

The Argentine icon slotted home from close range after a clever build-up between himself and Neymar.

It was his second, however, that was the goal of the piece. A stunning overhead kick in the 85th minute after bringing down Leandro Paredes’ astute pass off his chest stunned the fans.

Messi was certainly pleased with the outing, posting on his Instagram account:

“First league game, first win!!”

Next up for Messi and PSG is Montpellier at the Parc des Princes, where they will be looking to continue their impressive start to life under Galtier.

Lionel Messi finally adapting to life at PSG

Lionel Messi seems settled in Paris
Lionel Messi seems settled in Paris

Lionel Messi’s debut season at the Parc des Princes was one that saw the Argentinian legend come under fire.

Some haphazard performances drew the ire of not only the French media but some PSG fans.

The veteran forward was unceremoniously booed alongside Neymar following the Paris side’s exit from the UEFA Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid in the round of 16.

But this season could be one that is a lot kinder to Messi given he has a year of adaptation and a full pre-season under his belt.

Lionel Messi’s performance last night: 🐐 85% Pass Completion2 Goals 1 Assist6 Dribbles4 Key Passes2 Big Chances Created8 Duels Won🔥

He has previously spoken to TyC Sports about the difficulties in making the change from Barcelona to Paris last summer, saying:

“It was a different summer, where happiness was complete and where I had thought that everything would continue in the same way, as it had been the previous year in Barcelona… like all my life, right? And in the middle went through everything that happened and it was hard, it was a hard change, a difficult year honestly, because adaptation was not easy”.

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