Lionel Messi scored his first league goal for PSG in a typically unstoppable way in a 3-1 win over Nantes at Parc des Princes on Saturday.
Messi has been unusually shy since arriving in the French capital, having failed to find the next in his first five league games.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner had entered the Champions League, scoring against Manchester City in a 2-0 win, as well as a brace against Leipzig which resulted in a 3-2 victory against 2 -1.
However, his golden touch had been lacking domestically, until he recovered the ball from Kylian Mbappe just inside Nantes’ final third in the 87th minute.
Messi played with the opposing defender, carrying the ball to the edge of the opponent’s box before unleashing a characteristic left-footed shot the goalkeeper had no chance with.
It was Messi’s 21st shot in Ligue 1 that ultimately ended in a goal, securing a 3-1 victory and extending PSG’s league lead to 13 points after just 14 games.
In a game of firsts, superstar Kylian Mbappe first wore the Parisian captain’s armband, removing it from Marco Verratti in the 75th minute.
The Frenchman also scored the first game of the match in the second minute, in a game where goalkeeper Keylor Navas saw red.