UCL: Lionel Messi has been included in PSG’s starting XI against Club Brugge.© Instagram
Lionel Messi secured his first start for Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League opener at Club Brugge in Belgium on Wednesday. The Argentine is teaming up with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe as PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino lines up all three of his all-star attack for the first time. Messi arrived in Paris five weeks ago after his superb start from Barcelona, but during that time he only played 24 minutes for his new club, on the bench to replace Neymar in a 2-0 win in Ligue 1 in Reims on August 29.
He did, however, play two full games for Argentina during the recent international break, scoring a hat-trick against Bolivia last week.
Messi has scored 120 Champions League goals, 15 short of the competition’s all-time top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored Manchester United’s goal in his 2-1 loss to Young Boys in Switzerland on Tuesday .
PSG are deprived of Angel Di Maria, suspended, for his first outing in Group A against the Belgian champions at the Jan Breydel stadium. Keylor Navas is preferred in the summer signing goal of Gianluigi Donnarumma.
They will also face last year’s finalists Manchester City and RB Leipzig in the section.
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