Lionel Messi got his first start for Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday in their Champions League opener out to Club Brugge in Belgium.
The Argentine teams up with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe as PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino assembles all three members of his all-star attack for the first time.
Messi arrived in Paris five weeks ago after his stunning departure from Barcelona, but in that time he played just 24 minutes for his new club, off the bench to replace Neymar in a 2-0 Ligue 1 win over Reims at 29. August.
However, he made two full appearances for Argentina during the recent international break and scored a hat-trick against Bolivia last week.
Messi has scored 120 Champions League goals, 15 less than the league’s all-time scorer Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored Manchester United’s goal on Tuesday in their 2-1 loss to Young Boys in Switzerland.
PSG are without the suspended Angel Di Maria for their first outing in Group A to the Belgian champions at the Jan Breydel Stadium. Keylor Navas is preferred in goal to summer signing Gianluigi Donnarumma.
They will also face last year’s runner-up Manchester City and RB Leipzig in the section.