Lionel Messi saved the day at PSG after reuniting with Ronaldinho

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Lionel Messi came to the rescue of Paris Saint Germain on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, when RB Leipzig visited Parc des Princes for a UEFA Champions League group stage game.

RB Leipzig played an open game with PSG despite how star-studded the French side was. Unfortunately for the visitors, they got punished very early in the game, thanks to Kylian Mbappe‘s 9th-minute strike.

The lead lasted until the 28th minute before RB Leipzig’s Andre Silva scored the leveler. The first half ended in a 1-1 draw.

In the second half, PSG came all out against their visitors which opened the defense of the French side. Leipzig punished PSG for it in the 57th minute, thanks to Nordi Mukiele’s strike.

When the German side were trying to increase their lead, Lionel Messi stepped up his game and gave PSG the much-awaited equalizer in the 67th minute.

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After the equalizer, the hosts continued to mount pressure on their visitors’ defense until Mohamed Simakan collided with Kylian Mbappe in the penalty box in the 73rd minute. The referee awarded a penalty which turned the whole game around.

In the absence of Neymar, Lionel Messi stepped up and calmly scored a Panenka-style penalty to restore PSG’s lead.

In the additional minutes of the game, a chance came for Lionel Messi to score his first hat trick for PSG via a penalty kick. However, Messi decided to give Mbappe the chance to take the spot-kick.

Unfortunately for the French team, Mbappe missed it. Hence the Champions League group game ended 3-2 in favor of PSG.

The win has made PSG the leaders of the Champions League Group A. The French side leads with 7 points in 3 games. While second-placed Manchester City have 6 points in three games.

Lionel Messi reunites with Ronaldinho

Lionel Messi reunited with Ronaldinho at Parc des Princes on Tuesday, October 19, 2021.
Lionel Messi reunited with Ronaldinho at Parc des Princes on Tuesday, October 19, 2021.

Hours before PSG hosted RB Leipzig on Tuesday, the French side announced via the club’s official website that Brazilian football icon Ronaldinho would be a guest of honor during the Champions League game.

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Recall that Ronaldinho played for PSG between 2001 and 2003 before he decided to join FC Barcelona ahead of the 2003-2004 season. In the 2005-2006 season when Lionel Messi was promoted to FC Barcelona’s senior team permanently, he played alongside the Brazilian football icon.

They played together for over three years. During that period, they didn’t only form a bond on the pitch, they became close associates off the pitch. They maintained contact even after Ronaldinho had left Barcelona and retired from football.

Due to the busy schedule of both superstars, they hardly have the opportunity to meet face to face. Hence, PSG made it happen for them on Tuesday.

Based on the images that emanated from their meeting at Parc des Princes, Lionel Messi was very excited to meet with Ronaldinho once again.

Lionel Messi reunited with Ronaldinho at Parc des Princes on Tuesday, October 19, 2021.
Lionel Messi reunited with Ronaldinho at Parc des Princes on Tuesday, October 19, 2021.

The record six-time Ballon d’Or winner spared some time to exchange a warm embrace with the Brazilian legend on the pitchside before he continued to warm-up ahead of the PSG vs RB Leipzig clash.

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