Lionel Messi was in action as Paris Saint Germain suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of Rennes in an early kick-off fixture billed for 12:30 PM West African Time.
Mauricio Pochettino fielded a strong squad of Kylian Mbappé, Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria, and Neymar Jr for the fixture. Euro 2020 player of the tournament Donnarumma was in between the sticks for the French capital club.
Paris Saint Germain started the game so well, creating many chances but failing to convert it until in the stoppage time of halftime when Laborde gave the home team the lead. Few seconds into the second half, Tait F, sealed the victory to break the Parisians' unbeaten run.
However, the major reason for this article points to what seems like a ritual by Lionel Messi's shot hitting crossbars instead of the back of the net many times.
It can be recalled that in their first UEFA Champions League match against Club Brugge, Lionel Messi struck the crossbar in the 29th minute of the game which happened to be the closest he has been to scoring his first goal back then.
Coming into today's match against Rennes, Lionel again struck the crossbar in the 30th minute of the game through a free-kick close to the 18-yard-box while the game was still leveled at 0-0.
This calls for concern as Messi has just one goal to his name since he featured for the Parisian, unlike his eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo who has bagged five goals already across all competitions.
Ronaldo scored a brace on his second debut before netting another against West Ham United in the EPL. He has also scored on two occasions in the UEFA Champions League against Young Boys and Villarreal respectively.
Both players completed a move during the summer transfer window with Ronaldo heading to England to link up with former side Manchester United where he won his first Ballon dOr award.
Both players are notable for their goalscoring prowess owing to the reason they have won the Ballon dOr award eleven times between themselves since 2008.
It is worthy of note that Paris Saint Germain acquired the services of the diminutive Argentine in a bid to help them lift the most sought after trophy in club football; UEFA Champions League and to achieve that, he must start scoring goals and not hitting crossbars week in and out like some sort of crossbar challenge.
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