Lionel Messi continued his fine start to the 2022-23 season by scoring Paris Saint-Germain’s winning goal away at Lyon on Sunday night.
The legendary Argentine forward produced a stunning first-time finish past goalkeeper Anthony Lopes after receiving a pass from Neymar.
No further goals were scored during the remaining 85 minutes as unbeaten PSG secured their seventh league win of the campaign.
Messi, who turned 35 in June, has been in scintillating form during the opening weeks of the campaign.
In 11 games across all competitions, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has scored six goals and registered eight assists.
He appears to be back to his untouchable best following a difficult debut season at the Parc des Princes.
While Messi’s goal was excellent, it’s another clip from the Lyon game that’s gone viral on social media.
The South American had the opportunity to add another free-kick goal to his extensive collection shortly before full-time.
As Messi prepared to take the set-piece, one of Ligue 1’s TV cameras at the stadium provided a rather unique angle.
We got to see the free-kick almost from Messi’s perspective, and it reminded viewers of a FIFA game.
Video: Messi’s free-kick vs Lyon looked straight out of FIFA
Watch the clip here:
What a camera angle 🔥 pic.twitter.com/n54mCQiUX6— Best of Football (@BestofFootball8) September 19, 2022
Viewers got to see Messi whip the ball over the wall and onto the crossbar.
An inch lower and Lopes would have been beaten.
Let’s check out some of the reaction to the video:
Galtier reserves special praise for Neymar after Lyon 0-1 PSG
Although Messi scored the winning goal, it was Neymar who received special praise from PSG boss Christophe Galtier after the match.
“It is he who gives [us] the best balance,” Galtier said of Neymar during his post-match press conference, per Yahoo. “He has this ability to repeat efforts, he has volume, intensity. He is generous to the team.
“It gives a good balance. He is both able to replace himself, and to have dazzling and technical quality. He is a great animator. Obviously, the great players have to come out in this type of match.
“Neymar worked a lot for the team, and he came off a little rinsed and angry. This is normal. He has an irreproachable behaviour. He is sharp and has a lot of ambition on the season – both with the club and in terms of personal statistics.”
What else did Galtier say after Lyon 0-1 PSG?
Galtier added: “We knew we were going to face a tough game, but we had a very good game. We can still regret the number of missed or stopped chances by Anthony [Lopes], who had a very good game. The score could have been wider.
“As long as you are at 1-0, you are not immune to a reaction, Lyon pushed for that. But on the whole game, both on the possession of the ball and the clear situations, we deserved our victory in my opinion.”