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Lionel Messi receives a standing ovation from Toulouse fans after he gave Neymar and Kylian Mbappe two stylish assists in PSG’s routine 3-0 win that kept them at the top of Ligue 1
- Lionel Messi of PSG received applause from the entire stadium in Toulouse
- The Paris Saint-Germain star was picked up in the 83rd minute on Wednesday
- Striker Messi, 35, provided assists for teammates Neymar and Kylian Mbappé
- The Argentinian then received a standing ovation from the sporty home fans
Lionel Messi was cheered off the pitch by the entire Toulouse stadium after a stellar performance for Paris Saint-Germain.
Christophe Galtier’s side triumphed 3-0 on Wednesday evening in a routine Ligue 1 win at the Stadium de Toulouse in the south of France.
Messi provided assists for Neymar and Kylian Mbappe before being replaced in the 83rd minute by Achraf Hakimi. Juan Bernat added a third in the 90th minute.
But when the Argentine forward broke free, the entire field gave him a standing ovation, sportingly acknowledging his match-winning performance.
The result puts PSG at the top of the rankings, leading Lens and Marseille on goal difference after four wins and a draw from their first five games.
Galtier’s side have already beaten Clermont 5-0, Montpellier 5-2, Lille 7-1 and draw 1-1 with Monaco in a blistering start to the season under their new manager.
Lionel Messi was cheered off the pitch by the entire Toulouse stadium on Wednesday night
The Paris Saint-Germain attacker delivered an excellent performance with two assists
PSG’s stellar ‘MNM’ front three of Messi (left), Neymar (right) and Kylian Mbappe (center) clicked as Parisian side Toulouse promoted 3-0 in a routine win in the south of France
Veteran star Messi has three goals and four assists in his first five games.
The 35-year-old moved from boys’ club Barcelona to the French capital in July 2021 because the cramped Spanish giants couldn’t afford to keep him.
Despite an incredible run of 13 consecutive seasons with 38 or more goals in all competitions at Barcelona, Messi failed to reach the expected height over the past season, scoring just six league goals and 11 in all competitions.
Messi’s first assist (top) was a tap around the corner for Neymar and his second (bottom) a sweet pass to give Mbappe a clear shot. Spaniard Juan Bernat added a third in the 90th minute
Some wondered if the great ‘MNM’ front three of Messi, Neymar and Mbappe would flow into a cohesive unit, and they had a hard time at times last season.
But this year seemed to be improving: Brazilian Neymar has seven goals and six assists in his first five league games, while Mbappe has five in his first four.
Messi’s first assist was a clever tap for Neymar and his second a sweet pass to give Mbappe a clear shot.