Reims goalkeepers makes Lionel Messi pose for picture with his child after PSG debut

Predrag Rajkovic took a photo of Lionel Messi and his child after the PSG superstar made his debut for his new club (Picture: beIN Sports)

Lionel Messi was involved in a bizarre post match incident after making his eagerly anticipated PSG debut after he was asked to pose for a photo with the son of Reims goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic.

The Ligue 1 giants stunned world football earlier this month when they capitalised on the financial chaos which has engulfed Barcelona and signed their now former totemic leader on a free transfer.

After a hectic summer, during which he led Argentina to an historic Copa America success, Messi has been forced to bide his time to make his first appearance for his new club.

Lionel Messi finally made his debut for PSG against Reims (Picture: Getty)

Messi was named among the substitutes as he made Mauricio Pochettino’s matchday squad for the first time on Sunday evening, and was finally introduced to the fray with 25 minutes remaining in place of his great friend and former Barcelona teammate Neymar.

Two goals from Kylian Mbappe, who has been the subject of two world record bids from Real Madrid over the course of the last week, had already set the visitors on their way to three valuable points which helped PSG register their fourth successive win of the new campaign.

Messi made several impressive contributions during his relatively short cameo but will have to wait for his first goal in PSG colours until after the international break when he will make his home debut against Clermont.

After the game, the game to a slightly odd twist when Messi, awkwardly, was confronted by the opposition players and asked to pose for pictures, before signing banners created by the home fans welcoming him to French domestic football.

Whether Mbappe will remain and continue to join forces with Messi remains to be seen, but PSG’s Brazilian defender Marquinhos remains hopeful that the former Monaco forward will at least see out the remainder of his current contract.

‘Kylian showed today how great he is,’ he said. ‘It makes us happy. Messi and Neymar who are starting their season with us, it’s really good. It helps to see the whole team defending.

‘Afterwards, we can recover the ball more easily. It’s important for us not to take a goal, it’s good for confidence. We don’t talk to Kylian about his future but we want him to stay.

‘He has shown tonight that he is important to us. Of course, if he stays, he will help us achieve our goals. But it’s the leaders who manage it. We want him to stay. We saw last year that a season is long and we will need every day and work throughout the season.’

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