Lionel Messi Encounters Kylian Mbappe For the First Time as PSG Teammates

Published 08/12/2021, 11:31 AM EDT


Lionel Messi is settling in well at PSG after his free transfer to the Parisian club from FC Barcelona. However, his arrival rang some alarm bells regarding the future of their young superstar Kylian Mbappe at PSG. Mbappe has been linked with a move to Spanish giants and Barcelona’s rivals Real Madrid.

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Nevertheless, Mbappe seems thrilled with the chance to play alongside Messi. The French world cup winner posted the photos of his first encounter with Messi as they shared a few words and a hug in the end. It seems like the squad is all smiling at Paris Saint Germain.

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With the addition of Messi, the club now has the scariest front three in the world of football. Lining up with Mbappe and Messi is the Brazilian superstar Neymar Jr., who has been in splendid form in the French league. Messi has played with Neymar before at Barcelona, and along with Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez, they won the treble (UEFA Champions League, La Liga and the Copa Del Ray in the same season.)

Mbappe is a forward of that caliber, and PSG will certainly be the favorites to win it all this season. If he does win the UCL this season, Messi will have four UCLs, which will bring him within touching distance of his rival Cristiano Ronaldo’s five.

Lionel Messi will wear the number 30 shirt at PSG

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In all of the controversy surrounding his departure, Messi’s shirt number was also in question. He wore the number 10 for Barcelona, but Neymar Jr. wore it at PSG. The Brazilian offered the number 10 to Messi, but he refused and will now play with the number 30 on his back.

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Lionel Messi wore the number 30 shirt in his first two professional seasons with FC Barcelona and found a lot of success with it. PSG fans would hope that the Argentinian forward can do the same for them this season as well. They have never had a squad better than this, and it’ll be interesting to see if they can finally capture the elusive UCL this time.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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