PSG, with the presence of Lionel Messi, today receives Juventus, led by Leandro Paredes but without Ángel Di María due to injury, in the main match of the first date of the Champions League. The Group H match will go at 4:00 p.m. at the Parc des Princes and will be televised on ESPN and Star+.
Messi will start his 19th. consecutive Champions League season and will overtake his former teammate and current Barcelona coach, Xavi, as the player with the third most appearances in history.
The Argentine crack played 156 games and with 125 goals he is the second all-time scorer in the competition below the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, the great absentee of the 2022/23 season since his Manchester United did not qualify.
The debut of the “Flea” was in December 2004 in Ukraine in the defeat of Barcelona (2-0) against Shakhtar Donetsk and with the “Culé” team he won the “Orejona” four times: 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2015.
At 35 years old and less than three months before the World Cup, Messi will seek to fulfill the first objective of the season: to classify PSG to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
The first test of the French champion will be Juventus, the most successful in Italy, which for this season was reinforced with two players with a close past at the club.
Paredes will return to the Parc des Princes where at the end of April they were celebrating the French Ligue 1 title. Paredes was the last to leave the club, arriving in Turin on a one-year loan with an option to buy.
Di María, on the other hand, closed his successful cycle of seven seasons after not renewing the bond that expired on June 30, but finally he will not be able to return to his former home since he is not physically fit after the muscle injury he suffered 20 days ago.