Messi makes worst league start in 16 years

Messi makes worst league start in 16 years

The Argentine superstar, Lionel Messi wait for his first Ligue 1 goal goes on after an ineffective display at Stade Velodrome on Sunday

Messi has made his worst start to a league season in 16 years after Paris Saint-Germain’s 0-0 draw with Marseille, which also saw a pitch invader ruin a promising attack led by the Argentine forward.

PSG dropped points in Ligue 1 for only the second time this season after a stalemate at Stade Velodrome on Sunday, with Messi drawing a blank in his fourth domestic appearance for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

The 34-year-old, who moved to Parc des Princes on a free transfer after leaving Barcelona in the summer, has now fallen below the standard he set for well over a decade at Camp Nou, having been handed his third start for PSG against Marseille alongside fellow superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

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Messi has failed to score in the opening four games of a league campaign for the first time since 2005-06, when it took him six matches to open his account for Barca.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner was also guilty of losing possession 16 times in the match, and will now have to wait until a meeting with reigning French champions Lille on Friday for the next chance to break his duck.


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