- Messi got his debut goal for PSG on Tuesday, September 28 in the Champions League against Manchester City
- The Argentine’s goal ended his 264-minute drought since signing for PSG
- After the game, the 34-year old admitted he was getting a bit desperate to get his debut goal
- PSG lead Group A with four points from their opening two league games
Paris Saint Germain forward Lionel Messi admitted he was “getting a bit desperate” to get his maiden goal in France after a famous move over the summer.
Millions of football fans across the world were tuned to the PSG-Man City game on Tuesday, September 28 largely for one reason – to see Messi play.
For his ardent fans, this was another chance to perhaps see him bag another of his extraordinary goals, and his first for PSG.
And it eventually came in the second half, after some brilliant link-up play with Kylian Mbappe saw the Argentine slot the ball past Man City keeper Ederson, who knew very little about the strike.
The strike ended a 264-minute goal drought for Messi and it was also the first time in his career that he scored a goal for a club that was not Barcelona.
Speaking on his goal to French broadcaster Canal Plus, Messi, who missed PSG’s last two league games with a knock, expressed his delight at breaking his duck in terms of goals for his new club.
"It's true that I was getting desperate to score my first goal," the 34-year old admitted.
"I hadn't played much recently and I had only played once here at home but I am settling into the team little by little.”
"The more us forwards play together, the better our relationship will be. We all need to grow together and improve and keep giving our best."
Messi had previously featured three times for PSG, against Reims, Club Bruges and Lyon since joining the French giants in a free transfer last summer.
PSG boss Pochettino also admitted he was delighted for his fellow countryman for getting his debut goal.
"He shouldn't be laying on the floor"
One interesting talking point during the game was the sight of Lionel Messi laying on the ground to defend a free-kick against Manchester City towards the dying stages of the game.
Ex-Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was the first to subtly protest seeing Messi on such duties.
“The moment Mauricio Pochettino asked him to do that at the training ground, someone should’ve gone in there and said, ‘No, no, no, no, no, no.’” Ferdinand said.