Lionel Messi starts first PSG game since World Cup

Lionel Messi has returned to the Paris Saint-Germain lineup for the Ligue 1 clash against Angers on Wednesday night. Kylian Mbappe, meanwhile, is taking a break away from the team.

Messi has not played since captaining Argentina to World Cup glory on 18 December and was granted time off at home in South America. But the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, perhaps soon to be eight in 2023, returned to PSG training a week ago.

He was given a guard of honour by his PSG teammates as he walked back onto the club’s training pitch for the first time since November, even presented with a personal…


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