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PSG-Lyon: Messi-Boateng, the time of the reunion
© Lluis Gene / AFP Boateng had taken a sacred blow of wind against Messi in 2015 ... 06 May 2015, Barcelona. The Barça de Lionel Messi confronted the Bayern of Jerome Boateng in the semi-finals to go from Champions League, at Camp Nou, in front of just over 95,000 spectators. An XXL poster between two cadats. And a match during which Blaugrana gave the Lesson to Bavarois (3-0). But if this meeting remained in the memories, it is also and especially because of a single action.
For, the unthinkable could happen on Tuesday: seeing in the jersey of a team that isn’t Barcelona.
Messi has recovered from a knee injury and is expected to return for Paris Saint-Germain against Manchester City in a rematch of last season's Champions League semi-final.
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Speaking at a press conference on Monday, PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino did not reveal his lineup but said the Argentina star was fit to play.
Ronaldo overtakes Lionel Messi as Forbes' best-paid footballer
The 36-year-old has overtaken Lionel Messi at the top of Forbes' list of the highest-paid footballers in the world, with the Manchester United star earning £91.5million this season. Ronaldo and Messi, two of the highest-profile players in the world today, both made transfer moves this summer to United and Paris Saint-Germain respectively during a busy window. Messi's move to French giants PSG could see him earn £80.5m this season but his earnings are very much short of Portuguese star Ronaldo, 36, who made his return to Manchester after 12 years playing away from Old Trafford.
Messi had previously been ruled out of two consecutive league games following a knock to his left knee on his home debut earlier this month.
Against City, he will be up against Guardiola, who was Messi's coach at Barcelona between 2008 and 2012 during an exceptionally fruitful spell. Among their many titles, the pair won the Champions League in 2009 and 2011, with the six-time Ballon d'Or winner scoring in both finals.
In total, Messi scored 211 goals in 219 games in all competitions under Guardiola, who reportedly failed to secure his transfer to City during the summer.
“That was a little bit of a surprise for everyone, but what happened has happened," Guardiola said when asked about Messi playing for another club than Barcelona. “A few years ago, you could not imagine. But football, you never know. Life, you never know what is going to happen in a short time."
Messi, the wrong gesture against pochettino
© provided by Sports.co.uk Messi is very surprised by the replacement operated by pochettino. This is called take a wind. Sunday last night at PSG-OL (2-1 , 6th Ligue Day 1), Lionel Messi ignored the check of its coach. The Argentine star had not appreciated at all that Mauricio Pochettino is a quarter of an hour from the end as his team struggled against Peter Bosz's men.
Messi, 34, has featured in only three matches for PSG and is still chasing his first goal following his shock move.
In addition to the Lyon game where he got injured, Messi also made a substitute appearance on his debut against Reims and started in attack alongside Kylian Mbappe and Neymar in the 1-1 draw at Club Brugge in their opening Champions League group game.
“Let the player work, let the player adapt and start to feel at home," Pochettino said. “He was at Barcelona for 20 years. It is normal that he feels at home in Barcelona. Now everything is new. For sure he is going to succeed.“
With Messi fit, Pochettino could field his formidable attacking trident. Although the trio did not impress against Brugge, Guardiola said he does not have a recipe to stop them.
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IAN LADYMAN: When Messi was substituted as PSG chased a winning goal against Lyon eight days ago, he walked past his manager without accepting the handshake offered. Pochettino has since suggested Messi was already feeling pain in his knee, hence his decision to replace him.But it didn’t look good given their relationship is less than two months old, and we wait now to see what the next twist in the story will be. © Provided by Daily Mail ( The bare facts so far are that Pochettino’s team did not need Messi, not like they needed a new central defender and goalkeeper, anyway.
“They are so good. This amount of talent, together, it’s so difficult," he said. “We are going to try to defend well when we don’t have the ball, and make them run when we have the ball."
City won 2-1 in Paris and 2-0 at home in last season’s semifinal. The Manchester club is unbeaten in its five matches with PSG, but Guardiola brushed off any notion his players will start with a psychological edge.
“The confidence is not about we beat them in the knockouts last season," he said.
“This is a new season, a new challenge. I don’t care if you win three games in a row, or lose three games in a row, this is a new one."
Following its 6-3 win against Leipzig, City leads Group A with three points, two more than PSG and Brugge.
Judge Bitar to resume Beirut blast investigation .
An appeals court has rejected a request by former ministers to remove Judge Bitar from the investigation.The investigation into the port blast that rocked the Lebanese capital was suspended seven days ago after Judge Bitar continued to pursue ex-ministers and other high-ranking political and security officials.