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“My goal and my dream is to win the Champions League once more,” Lionel Messi, said when he arrived at PSG last month.

It’s been ten years since Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) originally purchased a majority share in Paris Saint-Germain, and the aim has remained the same: to win the European Champions League.

After a whirlwind summer of activity that included Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Georginio Wijnaldum, Nuno Mendes, and Achraf Hakimi, the 2020 runners-up are as close as ever.

For coach Mauricio Pochettino and president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, reclaiming the Ligue 1 championship from defending champions Lille will be virtually an afterthought.

While Messi dreams, Al-Khelaifi is determined to fulfill his own pledge following Bayern Munich’s final defeat in 2020. “I promise we’re going to win the Champions League,” he pledged that evening in Lisbon.

Messi, who is set to make his 150th UEFA Champions League appearance this week and will be out to enhance his remarkable record in the league his new club wants more than ever, will be essential to the Qatari keeping his word.

Between 2004 and 2021, he scored 120 goals and assisted 35 times in the league, and he’ll look to repeat his connection with Neymar, which helped Barcelona win the UCL in 2015.

Messi, who is set to make his 150th UEFA Champions League appearance this week and will be out to enhance his remarkable record in the league his new club wants more than ever, will be essential to the Qatari keeping his word.

PSG Star-Studded cast struggling to shine

Messi’s 150th appearance in the tournament was surreal, and for a player so closely associated with Barcelona, seeing him line-up for the first time in Europe in PSG’s white away kit felt surreal.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner lands in Paris to complete a lavishly crafted forward line that includes Neymar and Mbappe and will be expected to bring the French capital much-needed European triumph.

Mbappe set up Herrera for his first Champions League goal – albeit it was his fourth of the season in all competitions for PSG – before the blockbuster cast was torn up early in the second half when the French forward had to be replaced.

PSG fans have had to watch their new number 30 from distance so far, with Messi’s lone previous appearance since joining the club being in the Champions League.

In a game that saw the already-qualified visitors lose 2-0 to Shakhtar Donetsk, Messi was given the number 30 by Frank Rijkaard when he made his Champions League debut for Barcelona as a shaggy-haired 17-year-old in December 2004.

Lionel Messi’s main task at Paris St-Germain will be to help the club win the Champions League> But despite the excitement surrounding the Argentina star’s first appearance, the team’s European season began with a stalemate at Club Bruges.

That goes down to the question in most football fans, including those who fancy PSG winning the Champions League. PSG are without doubt the team to beat?

 

By Clive Banda

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