USA About: PSG Publish: 05/14/2022 Edit: 05/14/2022 Author: Gardener
Lionel Messi delivered one of his best performances for Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday night. It's no secret that the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner hasn't found a quiet life at the Parc des Princes, but you couldn't have known that was the case based on his performance against Montpellier. And it was the trait Messi has been most criticized for this season that he excelled at during this weekend's Ligue 1 clash: scoring goals. Before the Mosson stadium clash, the 34-year-old had only scored four league goals for PSG all season, which is a monumental drop compared to his Barcelona stats. It's no wonder so many fans mocked Messi's paltry record considering his last three seasons at the Camp Nou have yielded 36, 25 and 30 goals in the league respectively. But sadly, Messi's goalscoring stats were just the top-line stats in a performance that was impressive across the board, earning him a near-perfect score of 9.9 out of 10 on SofaScore. The data gurus ranked Messi as the best player on the pitch with two goals, four key passes, four dribbles completed, one big chance created, 92 touches and an 89% passing accuracy. The moral of the story is that Messi delivered a performance that we've seen far too rarely at PSG, although it seemed to crop up week in and week out during his time at Barcelona. And given that Messi isn't getting any younger at 34, we urge you to watch him apply the style by checking out below one of his best highlights packages since signing for PSG: There's something that just feels right to see Messi He hovers around the pitch like the soccer assassin we've all come to love: he always looks like he's just seconds away from a goal or an assist. Yes, there was still a lot to love about Messi's playmaking this season and yes, the iconic dribbles still popped up from time to time, but there was just an X-factor missing... a certain je ne sais quoi. And while we wouldn't go so far as to say that Messi suddenly discovered that against Montpellier, it was actually a performance that made us realize what we'd been missing in his performances this season. It may all have been against a side from the bottom half of the table, but if these are the circumstances Messi really starts his PSG career in, it's the fans who are the real winners.
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