Lionel Messi came off the bench for his Paris Saint-Germain debut as Kylian Mbappé scored twice in a routine 2-0 win over Reims.
Scorers: Mbappé 14′, 63′.
It had to be the man of the moment to break the deadlock. Kylian Mbappé got on to the end of an inviting cross from Ángel Di María to head PSG into the lead after 14 minutes.
The hosts almost stunned Mauricio Pochettino’s men just before half-time however as Moreto Cassamá’s curling effort struck the outside of Keylor Navas’ crossbar.
Reims then thought they had equalised early in the second half when Marshall Munetsi turned in a rebound but the goal was ruled out for offside.
PSG didn’t need another wake-up call and Mbappé was on hand to put the game beyond any doubt when he got on to the end of Achraf Hakimi’s ball across goal to side-foot home at the back post.
Then came the moment the world was waiting for, as Messi entered the fray in the 63rd minute replacing his old Barcelona teammate Neymar.
It was a quiet introduction to Ligue 1 for the Argentine, but PSG have made it four wins out of four to go into the international break top.
The Messi in Paris era has begun.