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ATLANTA, GEORGIA—Despite a shocking late substitution of Lionel Messi, the Paris Saint-Germain was still able to beat Lyon 2-1 at home on Monday.
With the score at 1-1, Messi was brought off after 74 minutes and looked on in shock as he passed PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino.
But PSG secured all three points in stoppage-time through substitute Icardi’s header to the game.
Messi said leaving FC Barcelona was one of the toughest moments in his life.
Messi said that now that he had a new team with PSG he is very motivated to play and hopefully win championships with the soccer club.
“My exit from Barca was very tough, after so many years, but as soon as I arrived here I was so happy, so motivated, so excited. It has happened so fast, but I am enjoying it so much,” Messi said.
“My goal and my dream are to win the Champions League once more. I think that we have the team to do it here,” Messi added.
In signing his PSG contract, Messi is expected to earn between €30-35 million ($35-41m) net a year.
PSG was able to contact Messi on August 4 after his supposed five-year contract with Barca fell due to economic problems.
Now that Messi is a PSG player, it would increase the likelihood of Kylian Mbappe, who is out of contract next summer, signing a new long-term deal with the club.

By bob

A veteran soccer journalist who is an avid fan of Atlanta United and Lionel Messi.

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