- PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino has characterised Lionel Messi's debut against Reims with calmness
- The 34-year-old was introduced in the 66th minute after completing a two-year move earlier this month
- Kylian Mbappe scored both goals that helped the Parisians claim their fourth straight win so far this campaign
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Lionel Messi finally made his Paris Saint Germain debut in their 2-0 win over Reims at Stade Auguste Delaune over the weekend.
The six-time Ballon d'Or winner came on for his former teammate Neymar in the 66th minute of the encounter.
His introduction was welcome by about six thousand travelling fans who watched the team claim its fourth straight league win this campaign.
Although he could not find the back of the net during the game, his manager Mauricio Pochettino however claims his first touch brought calmness to the team as reported by UK Independent quoting L’Equipe.
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What Pochettino said
“I felt it as soon as he came onto the field and his first touches of the ball. He brought calmness to the team. It’s very important to get off to a good start, even for him.
“He was happy and he is well integrated into the group. It was a question of common sense to give him his debut.”
Messi joined PSG on a two-year deal for free after failing to renew his contract with Barcelona - bringing his over two decades relationship with the Catalans to an abrupt end.
The 34-year-old returned to Camp Nou after winning this year's Copa America title only to find out that the La Liga financial rule will not allow him to continue at the club.
Why PSG fans dragged Mbappe
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that Kylian Mbappe was branded selfish following his refusal to pass to new teammate Lionel Messi during Paris Saint Germain's 2-0 win over Reims at Stade Auguste Delaune on Sunday, August 29.
The Frenchman scored both goals for the Parisians but squandered their chance to increase the tally after playing the ball all by himself despite the 34-year-old standing at a vantage point.
Messi came on for Neymar on his debut for PSG but the Argentine didn't make much impact as all the goals had been scored already.