Lionel Messi sets another record as he set up Kylian Mbappe twice in a 3-0 victory over Nantes, with Neymar on the bench.
On Saturday night in Ligue 1, Paris Saint-Germain won easily once more.
Before facing Juventus in their Champions League debut, Christophe Galtier’s team traveled to Nantes and won 3-0.
Neymar, perhaps the player in Europe in the best shape thus far in 2022–2023, was rested, yet PSG nevertheless easily won the match.
The two accomplices of the Brazilian, Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi, once again caused havoc, with the former scoring twice and the latter providing assists on both goals.
After a rocky first season in Paris, Messi looked back to his very best in Ligue 1, putting on yet another faultless performance.
During his most recent masterclass, the Argentine recorded 119 touches of the ball, nine successful dribbles (the most by any player in a game in Europe’s top five leagues this season), and four opportunities created.
Messi broke yet another amazing creative record with his most recent two assists.
The 35-year-old is the first player to have 100 assists since the 2015–16 season began, according to the stats-driven website SofaScore.
Messi is competing to be named the best facilitator the sport has ever seen, in addition to being one of the greatest goal scorers in history.
And the former Barcelona player’s spectacular performances against Nantes only stoke that fire.
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Rival nations should be concerned about Messi’s performance at the Beaujoire Stadium because Argentina is already among the heavy favorites to win the 2022 World Cup.
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The man is still a wizard and appears to have many years at the highest level left in him, even though his finishing isn’t nearly as lethal as it once was.
From PSG’s first six Ligue 1 games of the season, Messi has a whopping three goals and six assists to his credit.
Only Erling Haaland (10G, 1A) and Neymar (7G, 6A) have contributed to more goals in one of the top five divisions in Europe so far in 2022–23.
Messi will now be driven to have a similar effect against Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday, which looks to be an absolute barnburner.