Lionel Messi insists his fearsome partnership with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe ‘will get better and better with each game’ after he scored his first goal in PSG colours against Man City
Lionel Messi believes his partnership with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar will ‘get better and better with each game’ after he opened his Paris Saint-Germain account against Man City.
Messi dazzled the Parc des Princes with a stunning goal, set up by Mbappe, on what the Argentine described as the ‘perfect night’ in the Champions League.
It means Messi has now scored in 17 consecutive seasons in the competition, equalling a record set by Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, also on Tuesday night.
Lionel Messi scored his first goal for Paris Saint-Germain against Man City on Tuesday night
Messi (middle), Kylian Mbappe (left) and Neymar (right) should form a formidable partnership
The goal sealed victory over Pep Guardiola’s side to add to Idrissa Gueye’s early strike.
And the summer arrival from Barcelona insisted he’s just getting started in PSG colours.
‘It was a perfect night against a great opponent,’ Messi told Canal+. ‘For us, it was very important to win this game after Brugge [a 1-1 draw on matchday one].
‘I am very happy to have scored. I haven’t played much recently, I had only played one game here. I am adapting little by little. What is important is to keep winning.
Mbappe and Neymar were the first to celebrate with Messi after he scored his first PSG goal
Messi took the game away from Manchester City late on to help PSG record a 2-0 win
‘Our relationship will get better and better with each game. We all have to grow together, increase our level of play. We have to continue.
‘We won a very important game against a big rival, who was in the final last year. We must continue to progress, improve a lot of things for the future.’
Messi, 34, had started just one Ligue 1 and one Champions League match prior to Tuesday night after arriving in Paris but showed few signs of rustiness.
It was his 121st goal in the competition – taking him 14 behind record holder Cristiano Ronaldo – and also the 27th goal he has scored in 35 matches against English teams in Europe.
PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino was suitably impressed as his team continued their very strong start to the season which has seen them win all eight league games.
PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino was thrilled that Messi opened his account for the club
He said during his post-match interview: ‘Usually I don’t celebrate goals, but today I did.
‘I’ve spent 20 years watching him score goals from the other side of the opposite pavement and it’s the first time he scores for a team I manage so I had to celebrate.
‘You need this type of performance and players like him need to feel the back of the net. He needs to create links within the team after 20 years in Barcelona. He’s feeling different things, there’s a lot of new feelings for him.
‘First goal in our side, now that we are in the same side I enjoyed a lot and I’m so happy to be here enjoying Leo’s first goal.
‘He’s top class, I know I’m not saying anything new but I think with time he still has room to improve a lot.’