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The world of football has agreed to witness something they never expected to witness: Lionel Messi playing for a club. other than FC Barcelona.
After his heartbreaking departure from the Camp Nou in the midst of the financial crisis in which the Catalan giants find themselves and his subsequent transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, the Argentine icon Finally He bowed to the French side on Sunday night.
The place? The humble Stade Auguste Delaune of the Stade de Reims.
Messi was introduced as a substitute in the 66th minute by another superstar in Neymar, and took the field to enthusiastic applause.
Needless to say, Twittersphere was struggling to accept seeing Messi in another club’s jersey.
The time had finally come for Messi’s football to speak and unsurprisingly he seemed to duck Ligue 1 into the water, gliding across the pitch, dribbling, throwing passes and generally having fun.
One moment in particular caught his eye, when a defender passed him. Messi immediately chased after him, cut off the ball, threw a pass, recovered it and advanced once more, to the delight of the faithful travelers.
Strangely on the night that it was other superstar, Wantaway Kylian Mbappé, who stole the show with a double to win the match, and some were quick to point out that because Neymar was retired by Messi, we may never see the French, Brazilian and Argentine line up one side by side. Yes Mbappé forces to move away.
Others noticed an immediate chemistry between Mbappé and his new teammate …
Overall, though, it was a pleasant, easy and uneventful debut for the 34-year-old, even without a goal.
There was even time for a very sweet moment after the full-time whistle, in which Messi took the time to pose for a photo with the son of rival goalkeeper Pedrag Rajkovic.
A class act in every way.