Messi sets up PSG comeback win marred by Neymar injury

PARIS: Paris St Germain overturned an early deficit to beat 10-man St Etienne 3-1 away in Ligue 1 today, with Lionel Messi setting up all three goals. The match also featured the long-awaited PSG debut of Spanish defender Sergio Ramos, while Neymar left the pitch sobbing in agony, stretchered off with an ankle injury. Still in November, the result leaves PSG on 40 points, 14 clear of second-placed Nice, who lost 1-0 at home to struggling Metz yesterday. St Etienne took a surprise lead when Denis Bouanga beat the offside…

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Injured Messi misses out for PSG again

Lionel Messi will again be missing due to injury for Paris Saint-Germain’s Ligue 1 game at Bordeaux this weekend, but coach Mauricio Pochettino said today he is hopeful the six-time Ballon d’Or winner will be able to feature for Argentina in the upcoming international window. PSG said Messi would miss the trip to Bordeaux due to “knee and hamstring pains”, the same problems that saw him sit out the 2-2 draw with RB Leipzig in the Champions League in midweek. “Tomorrow he won’t be available to play for the team.…

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Messi misses PSG training ahead of Lille clash

Lionel Messi missed Paris St Germain’s training session on Thursday with the Ligue 1 club saying the team’s medical update would be released later in the day. France striker Kylian Mbappe also missed the session with what sports daily L’Equipe reported as an ORL (ear, nose or throat) infection. Argentine forward Messi has had a mixed start to life at PSG since he joined as a free agent from Barcelona during the close season, scoring three goals in the Champions League but failing to find the back of the net…

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FIFA 22 ratings: Messi confirmed as best player as PSG star edges Ronaldo to top spot

The Argentine forward, who moved from Barcelona to Paris in the summer, is the best individual footballer in the latest edition of the video game Paris Saint-Germain star Lionel Messi has been confirmed as the best player in the upcoming FIFA 22 video game. Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is the second-highest rated footballer in the latest edition of the popular franchise, while Messi’s long-term rival, Manchester United man Cristiano Ronaldo, has to make do with being third overall. PSG have a strong showing in the list of the best…

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Messi breaks Pele record!

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to overtake Pele as the top international goalscorer in South American football history on Thursday as Argentina cruised to a 3-0 victory over Bolivia in their 2022 World Cup qualifier. Messi pounced for his 77th, 78th and 79th international goals to keep Argentina firmly on course for a place at next year’s finals in Qatar against a Bolivia team languishing near the foot of the table. The 34-year-old Paris Saint-Germain forward, making his 153rd appearance for Argentina, drew level with Pele’s longstanding mark of 77…

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Lionel Messi makes debut for France’s PSG after legendary run at Barcelona

Ligue 1 goalkeepers don’t always bring their young children onto the pitch after matches to make sure they get a photo with an opposing player, but those players usually aren’t Lionel Messi. In that light, Predrag Rajkovic of Reims could scarcely be blamed for wanting to make the most of an exceptionally memorable moment: Messi’s debut with Paris Saint-Germain after 17 stellar seasons at Barcelona. Fittingly, when the Argentine superstar came on in the 66th minute Sunday, he was replacing former Barcelona teammate Neymar. Messi received a raucous ovation, and…

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Argentina Call Up Lionel Messi for World Cup Qualifier Against Neymar's Brazil

Superstar Lionel Messi was called up on Monday to the Argentina squad due to face his new Paris Saint-Germain teammate Neymar and Brazil in a World Cup qualifier next month. The crunch CONMEBOL encounter on September 5 will mark the first time the two icons face each other as PSG teammates, and will come less than two months after Messi inspired Argentina to a 1-0 victory over Brazil in the Copa America final. The highly-anticipated encounter is sandwiched between two other World Cup qualifiers, with Argentina playing Venezuela on September…

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PSG undecided about Messi debut on Friday

Paris St-Germain have yet to decide if Lionel Messi will make his much-anticipated debut in Friday’s Ligue 1 game at Brest. The six-time Ballon d’Or winner, 34, joined PSG on a free transfer last week after leaving Barcelona because of their financial difficulties. He has yet to play a game since winning the Copa America with Argentina – but is in full training with PSG. “We haven’t decided the squad yet,” boss Mauricio Pochettino said. “We will assess whether Messi can be a part of it. “Everything is positive. There is a good atmosphere…

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Barcelona president Joan Laporta reveals club debt stands at £1.15bn

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has revealed the Spanish club is 1.35bn euros (£1.15bn) in debt, describing the situation as “very worrying”. The club’s wage bill currently accounts for 103% of total income. Laporta blames predecessor Josep Maria Bartomeu for the debt, accusing him of leaving a “terrible inheritance”. Extending Lionel Messi’s contract would have made the wage bill accountable for 110% of revenue, which La Liga refused to accept. Messi announced an emotional exit from the Nou Camp last week and signed for Paris Saint-Germain on a two-year contract. “Our salaries…

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Lionel Messi Signs With Paris St.-Germain

Leaving F.C. Barcelona, Messi is set to join P.S.G. on a two-year contract that highlights the growing gap between soccer’s rich and its superrich. Paris St.-Germain, the French soccer powerhouse bankrolled by the state of Qatar, has signed Lionel Messi, the Argentine star who is one of the best players of his or any generation. The agreement, for two seasons plus an option year, comes days after Messi bid a tearful farewell to F.C. Barcelona, the club where he had spent his entire professional career. It concluded a brief and exclusive bidding war…

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