LIONEL MESSI was the star of the show in his first game since the World Cup as PSG beat Angers 2-0.

The forward has had a few weeks off since his historic World Cup win but showed no signs of rustiness on his return.

Lionel Messi paid tribute to the late Pele before the game

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Lionel Messi paid tribute to the late Pele before the gameCredit: Getty
Messi impressed with a goal on his PSG return

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Messi impressed with a goal on his PSG returnCredit: AP

Messi started in attack alongside Neymar and Hugo Ekitike, who opened the scoring in the fifth minute.

The 35-year-old then got in the act after he finished off a brilliant PSG move to slot the ball into the back of the net with his weaker foot.

Messi started the passing move and played a one-two with Sergio Ramos before finding Ekitike.

He continued his clever run into the box and was picked out by Nordi Mukiele before scoring.

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The linesman raised his flag to spoil Messi’s celebration – only for VAR to rule the Argentine had in fact timed his run to perfection.

With PSG cruising Messi decided to turn on the style as the clock wound down.

The World Cup winner was surrounded in the corner of the penalty box by two Angers defenders yet still managed to wrangle himself free with the ball.

He cleverly turned away from one before flicking the ball past the second and finding Mukiele.

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PSG’s win means they have lost just once in 18 Ligue Un games and top the league by six points.

Messi now has eight goals in 14 league games this season and he paid tribute to the late Pele ahead of kick-off.



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