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ATLANTA, GEORGIA—Paris Saint-Germain will not be in full strength when they face Ligue 1 champions Lille on Friday at home.
According to a report, Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi could miss the game due to a muscle problem.
Aside from Messi, PSG will also likely miss the services of French soccer star Kylian Mbappe.
After a long wait, Messi and Mbappe finally showed their wares in a 3-2 PSG home win vs. RB Leipzig last October 19.
Messi who has been playing lethargic as of late scored two goals to carry his team to victory in a Champions League thriller on Tuesday.
Mbappe for his part scored the other goal in their win.
The win allowed PSG to stay on top of Group A with seven points from three games, one point ahead of Manchester City, who demolished Club Brugge 5-1 away earlier on Tuesday. Leipzig have no points.
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 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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