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Messi happy to get long-awaited first Ligue 1 goal

The Argentine scored for the first time in the French top-flight at the sixth time of asking as his side stretched their unbeaten run to five games

Lionel Messi says he was happy to get his first Ligue 1 goal for Paris Saint-Germain as they beat Nantes 3-1 on Saturday.

The Argentina star took on a pass from Kylian Mbappe on the edge of the box and sent it into the net in the 87th minute as PSG’s unbeaten run in the league stretched to five games.

Messi, 34, now has four goals to his name for the French giants, having in struck four times in the Champions League since his move from Barcelona.

But the six-time Ballon d’Or winner was delighted to get off the mark domestically, having drawn a blank in his previous five matches in Ligue 1.

“I’m happy. We had a lot of chances, but their goalkeeper made some good saves. But we weren’t afraid and we ended up winning,” Messi said to Amazon Prime.

“I am happy to score this first goal, at the Parc des Princes, in front of the fans.

“Even though I had already scored in the Champions League, I expected to score in the league.”

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