Rio Ferdinand insists Lionel Messi’s first PSG goal was ‘worth the wait’ after the Argentine maestro led the show and linked up with Kylian Mbappe for a stunning attack on Manchester City from former boss Pep Guardiola
- PSG’s new all-stat attack finally got into shape on Tuesday as they beat Man City
- Lionel Messi scored his first goal for the Parisians and made it 2-0 in 74 minutes
- The icon gave way to Kylian Mbappé, who flipped back to set a sublime finish
- Rio Ferdinand was delighted to see Messi correctly announcing himself in Paris
Lionel Messi is scoring goals in the Champions League again – a phrase that will give defenders the shivers unless you’re watching him from a studio.
The Argentine icon scored his first PSG goal in style on Tuesday, racking up a big three points in Group A, sinking his old boss Pep Guardiola and rocking the Parc des Princes.
Messi looked back at himself on the big stage and showed that his 34-year-old legs still have most of that electric pace by driving through City’s defences, playing a one-two with Kylian Mbappe and taking him into the lift top corner.
Lionel Messi is out of PSG’s job after scoring against Manchester City on Tuesday night
Messi raced through City defence, was fired for Kylian Mbappé before hitting the top corner
With no fear of Messi turning him inside out on a pitch again, Rio Ferdinand looked forward to another night to remember.
“We’ve been waiting and it’s worth waiting for what Lionel Messi has done tonight,” the former Manchester United defender told BT Sport.
Former Manchester United midfielder Michael Brown on BBC added: ‘We know where all the headlines will be. Good performances from both teams, flashes of brilliance.
“But the headlines will be taken by Lionel Messi and that is what we expect from the great man himself.
Messi got off to a slow start to his life at PSG, but Rio Ferdinand was delighted to see him get started
The scandalous three of Messi, Mbappe and Neymar’s Parisians can now continue
“He’s back and he’s at PSG. It was a great game and in the end they gave PSG the victory by finishing.’
Owen Hargreaves added: ”Tactically the game plan was perfect. PSG defended with eight and the three remained at the top of the field. And if you have Messi, Neymar and Mbappe, you can win every game.”
Joleon Lescott said: ‘A (good) defensive performance from PSG tonight. They attacked well and the rest of the team defended. A solid performance from them.’