Rival star's unusual request after Lionel Messi's PSG debut

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Reims goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic handing over his son to Lionel Messi (pictured left) and a photo of Messi and his son (pictured right) after the game.
Reims goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic asked Lionel Messi (pictured left) to take a photo with his son (pictured right) after the game against PSG. (Images: Bein Sport/@rajkovic_ana)

Lionel Messi made his debut for Paris Saint Germain on the weekend and even his rivals were left awe struck.

After years of glory for Messi at the 99,000-capacity Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, the record six-time Ballon d'Or winner and four-time Champions League champion made his first PSG appearance at the modest 20,000-seater Stade Auguste Delaune.

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The 34-year-old joined PSG three weeks ago on a two-year deal after his new contract with Barcelona fell through.

Messi came off the bench for PSG after he replaced former Barcelona teammate Neymar in the 65th minute as the crowd erupted at the sight of arguably the greatest ever player taking to the field in the Stade Auguste Delaune.

However, the damage had been done before Messi took to the field.

Kylian Mbappe, who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, headed in Angel Di Maria's cross in the 15th minute.

He then turned in Achraf Hakimi's cross in the 63rd for his 135th goal since joining PSG in 2017.

But, the Messi-effect was on full display after the game when rival goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic asked the six-time Ballon d'Or winner to take a photo with his child.

Fans were left swooning over Messi's gesture for his rival and praised the beautiful moment.

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Lionel Messi waits for Parc de Princes debut

While Messi impressed on his debut, he was unfortunately unable to score a goal.

Messi was making his first appearance on the field since Argentina won the Copa America on July 10.

The 34-year-old will have to wait for his first start, which will most likely come when PSG take on Clermont next weekend.

with AAP

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