The Argentine star made a left-footed shot from the edge of the penalty area in the 74th minute, giving the French giants a two-goal advantage.
Midfielder Idrissa Gaye gave Paris Saint-Germain the lead early, but Manchester City was close to equalizing the score as Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva hit the crossbar one after another.
After the game, Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola (who coached Messi in Barcelona and won the Champions League twice) praised the Paris Saint-Germain star, calling the 34-year-old “unstoppable”.
“He doesn’t have much contact with the ball-of course, he is coming back from injury, he needs a little rhythm-but we know when he can run and get close to the ball, he is unstoppable.
“What we have done is to minimize these choices and create opportunities that we can create. I am satisfied with the way we play.
“People can’t deny that we were there. We came here, we did our game, but there is always a risk when you lose the ball and they can pass, especially (Marco) Verratti-an excellent, extraordinary The players-contact with Neymar and Messi, they can run, which is very difficult.”
After he scored, when Paris Saint-Germain tried to hold on to the victory, Messi did his part for the team, lying behind the defensive wall during a free kick to prevent shooting under the wall, which allowed goalkeeper Jan Louie Ji Donnarumma was surprised.
However, former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand believes that players like Messi should not be required to perform such duties.
“When Mauricio Pochettino asked him to do this on the training ground, someone should go in and say:’No, no, no, no, no, no.’ This will not happen to Rio May West,” Ferdinand won the Champions League with Manchester United in 2008, he said on BT Sport.
“No, no, no, no. You can’t. It’s disrespectful, I won’t. If I’m on that team, I have to say:’Listen, I will lie down for you.’ Sorry, I can’t let He lay down like that. I can’t see it. He doesn’t stain his jersey. Messi doesn’t do it.”
In the first three games he played for the club, due to lack of preseason training and injuries, Messi barely ignited the world, without scoring or assisting.
As Mauro Icardi scored a header in stoppage time and Paris Saint-Germain continued to win the Ligue 1 game, Pochettino defended his decision to replace Messi.
However, in the Parc des Princes game against Manchester City on Tuesday, the Argentine superstar recovered to some extent his dominance at his best, picked up his typical iconic space, and competed with Kelian Mbappé. Perfect combination with Neymar.
Just over 15 minutes before the end of the game, the result is still up in the air, and the Paris audience got what they wanted because Messi used his iconic left foot to score more than the entrenched Edson.
Afterwards, Messi emphasized the importance of positive results after the disappointing start of Paris Saint-Germain’s 1-1 draw with Bruges.
“I am adjusting to my new team. The more we forwards play together, the better our relationship will be. We all need to grow, improve and continue to do our best together.”