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Paris Saint-Germain introduces Lionel Messi in style at club’s first Ligue 1 home game

Messi walked out to Sirius and got a big ovation from the crowd.

Paris Saint Germain v RC Strasbourg - Ligue 1 Uber Eats
Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain acknowledges the fans as he is introduced to the fans prior to the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Paris Saint Germain and Strasbourg at Parc des Princes on August 14, 2021 in Paris, France.
Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images

Lionel Messi isn’t yet making his Ligue 1 debut for Paris Saint-Germain, but that didn’t stop the club from introducing him to the home crowd in style.

The Argentina legend made headlines earlier this month when he had to leave Barcelona, the only club he’s ever known. La Liga was unable to include Messi’s massive contract into its existing economic structure, causing the club to let the star go. PSG and Manchester City were considered the primary contenders for Messi’s services, with the French giants swooping in days later to get the deal done.

Messi’s arrival cements a fantastic summer for PSG. The club added Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, and Georginio Wijnaldum to bolster a roster featuring Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Angel di Maria. The club was already heavily favored to win Ligue 1, but Messi coming in makes that title a near certainty.

PSG will focus on the Champions League, something it has not won. The French club made the final in 2019-20, but lost to Bayern Munich. This year, PSG could not get past Manchester City in the semifinal round. With Messi on board, this could be a massive year for PSG’s trophy case.