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Stade de Reims 0-2 PSG: Player ratings as Kylian Mbappe stars on Lionel Messi debut

While Lionel Messi made his debut, Kylian Mbappé stole the show as Paris Saint-Germain beat Stade de Reims 2-0 on the road on Sunday night.

The striker’s first-half header and second-half bullet were enough for the Parisians to maintain their 100% start to the new Ligue 1 season.

French Ligue 1

Messi was introduced for Neymar / ANP Sport/Getty Images

While wantaway Mbappe’s brace may grab the headlines, substitute Messi got the most love in the north of France. Throughout the game, PSG‘s ultras called and chanted his name before he stepped across the white line in the 66th minute.

Messi looked supremely comfortable immediately, dribbling around and passing the ball with ease – like a child in a playground.

For Stade de Reims, the result ends their unbeaten start to the season, and the club are now 17th in the Ligue 1 table.

Now, let’s get to the player ratings…

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Keylor Navas warming up for PSG

Keylor Navas warming up for PSG / FRANCK FIFE/Getty Images

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Wijnaldum looked uncomfortable in a deeper role / FRANCK FIFE/Getty Images

3. Forwards

Kylian Mbappé and Achraf Hakimi celebrating

Kylian Mbappé and Achraf Hakimi celebrating / FRANCK FIFE/Getty Images

Messi was brought on in the second half for PSG

Messi was brought on in the second half for PSG / FRANCK FIFE/Getty Images

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