Lionel Messi's 'unlucky' start at Paris Saint-Germain highlighted in compilation video

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A return of one goal in five appearances probably isn’t how Lionel Messi imagined the start to his Paris Saint-Germain career would go.

The Argentinian has made a slow start, by his standard, with his stunning effort against Manchester City in the Champions League the only goal to speak of so far.

He hasn’t necessarily performed badly, but he simply doesn’t have the goals to show for it.

Much was made about whether the 34-year-old would fit in alongside Neymar and Kylian Mbappe at the Parc des Princes and we don’t have enough evidence to cast a conclusion just yet.

But it promises to be an enthralling ride and, if the trio ever do start firing on all cylinders, then they are going to be very difficult to stop.

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Messi drew a blank in his third consecutive Ligue 1 game as Mauricio Pochettino’s outfit succumbed to a surprise 2-0 defeat to Rennes last Sunday.

He came extremely close to opening his league account in the 31st minute, though, when his free-kick from 25 yards out crashed against the crossbar.

Video shows how unlucky Messi has been

It was the third time that he has hit the woodwork for his new club and a video showing just how unfortunate he has been in front of goal has now emerged.

Posted on Twitter by @gadimov8, the video features Messi’s efforts that struck the woodwork against Club Brugge, Lyon and Rennes, and his close-range effort that Lyon ‘keeper Anthony Lopes managed to keep out with his leg.

They’re going to start going in soon, Leo.

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PSG made a storming start to the season, winning their opening eight league games before the loss to Rennes.

They have already opened up a six point lead at the top of the table and Lille defender Jose Fonte believes Messi’s arrival in Paris won’t help the league become any more competitive.

“In a way, for the league it was good to have Messi. He brings in the eyes and everyone wants to see Messi and these great players play,” Fonte told talkSPORT.

“In a way it was fantastic to have all these great players come to the league, but in terms of competitiveness and to have other teams being able to compete for the title and have some interest in disputing that title it is tough.

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“You come after COVID-19 where it was a difficult time for French football, not many clubs can buy players and could make big singings.

“Then you see PSG bringing in top, top players. I know most of them were free transfers, but you still have to pay the wages.”

And that’s with Messi failing to get on the scoresheet so far. Imagine what it’ll be like once he’s finally settled in.

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