Lionel Messi's Paris Saint Germain suffered their first defeat of the season to Rennes by 2-0 in their early kick-off match scheduled for Sunday 03 October 2021 at the Roazhon Park.
Pochettino started the diminutive Argentine; Lionel Messi alongside Kylian Mbappé, Neymar Jr, and Angel Di Maria with Donnarumma starting in between the sticks. However, this in-depth squad couldn't stop them from tasting defeat as they blew away several goalscoring opportunities.
Lionel Messi missed another opportunity to extend his goal tally for the Parisian to two after he saw his curled free-kick hit the crossbar in the half-hour mark of the game.
This is the second time he has smashed the crossbar with the first coming in their 1-1 draw against Club Brugge in the first group stage match of the UEFA Champions League.
However, while Lionel Messi keeps struggling for goals in Paris Saint Germain, his eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo has five goals already to his name for the Red Devils in just six appearances.
Cristiano Ronaldo seems to make waves while Lionel Messi looks like he's chasing shadows in a star-studded team such as PSG after scoring just once in his five outings.
Nevertheless, some sections of Messi supporters have defended the playmaker saying he isn't a goal poacher like Cristiano Ronaldo which they say is the reason for the lesser number of goals.
Although that might be true since Lionel Messi is an attacking midfielder and sometimes can deputize as a central midfielder when the going gets tough. Therefore for clarity purpose, let's quickly have a look at the definition of an attacking midfield player according to Playmakers.com.
The primary role of an attacking midfielder is to create goal-scoring chances(assists) for the forwards... But looking at Lionel Messi's statistics so far for Paris Saint Germain, he has registered zero assists in his five appearances for the club.
Therefore, if Cristiano Ronaldo can fulfill his statutory duties as a striker by scoring a whopping five goals for Manchester United as against Messi on zero assists, then it means the Argentine has no excuse as to his poor performances.
Nevertheless, we do hope he gets back to his fine form soonest after the international break with Argentina.
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