Lionel Messi is expected to make his Paris Saint-Germain debut in their Ligue 1 meeting with Reims on Sunday 29 August.
Messi has endured a disrupted pre-season this summer, first leading Argentina to Copa America glory and then having training disrupted by his shock departure from Barcelona. Barça had been desperate for him to remain with his boyhood club and the forward wanted to stay too.
However, La Pulga could not be offered fresh terms and registered due to the Blaugrana’s dire financial situation. As soon as Messi’s exit was announced, PSG moved swiftly to snap him up.
Since then speculation has been rife about when he would make his debut. The most recent update suggested that he would not be ready for action until after the international break. However, according to Sky Sports, Messi may in fact make his debut against Reims on August 29.
Mauricio Pochettino gave an update on his star man’s availability before his side’s 4-2 victory over Strasbourg this weekend, saying: “As for when we might see Leo; it is his second day of training after a month since he played the last game at the Copa America.
“We will take it step-by-step, get to know each other and have him feel fit and comfortable so that he is able to make his debut when he is fully fit.”
Messi was spotted in the stands during the Strasbourg game and he will likely have the same vantage point when PSG take on Brest on Friday night.
When the legendary forward is fully fit, Pochettino will be able to field one of the best front threes in modern football history. As well as Messi, PSG can also call upon Neymar and Kylian Mbappe – a trident that is set to terrorise French defences all season long.