Relive Lionel Messi’s stunning hat-trick of assists as PSG thrashed Clermont Foot 6-1 last time out

Lionel Messi and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) travel to face Claremont Foot in their first game of the 2022-23 League One season on Saturday 6 August.

Messi had one of his best performances in a PSG shirt when they faced Clermont last time out in the 2021-22 season. The Parisian giants secured a 6-1 victory over their rivals with Neymar Jr. and Kylian Mbappe net for hat tricks.

Lionel Messi also had a huge role in the convincing victory. The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner bagged a hat-trick of assists in what was a complete playmaking performance.

You can see the highlights of the match below:

Lionel Messi assisted the first goal of the game after a clever pass to find Neymar with acres of space in the box. The Brazilian forward then fired into the far corner to open the scoring for PSG.

Messi’s second assist of the match was one of his best. The 35-year-old controlled the ball well with his chest before flicking it to Mbappe, who sent the ball into the net.

The Argentine’s third assist was much simpler compared to his other two. He played a simple pass to Mbappe in the box and the Frenchman faked past the keeper to complete his hat-trick.

FT | Clermont 1-6 PSG: The hosts started the second half bravely, attacking in numbers and staying within a goal until the 70th minute, when PSG upped the ante. Hattricks for Neymar and Mbappe, hattrick of assists for Messi.

It is worth mentioning that this was Messi’s second hat-trick of assists in the 2021-22 Ligue 1 season. He achieved the same feat against Saint-Etienne in a 3-1 win for PSG in November 2021.

Lionel Messi’s first season at PSG was unimpressive to say the least

Lionel Messi’s first season as a PSG player was disappointing by his high standards. The forward took time to get used to his new surroundings in France and therefore had an unimpressive campaign.

The FC Barcelona legend managed just 11 goals for his new club in all competitions, of which just six came in the league. However, Messi made 14 assists in Ligue 1.

Lionel Messi is expected to start for Paris Saint-Germain when they travel to face Clermont-Foot on Saturday, August 6 to begin the defense of their Ligue 1 title.

There is optimism ahead of the new season, although even the Argentine had a productive pre-season. Messi scored twice during the Paris giants’ pre-season tour of Japan and scored against FC Nantes in Champions Trophy and on July 31.

It’s safe to say he’s ready for the 2022-23 season.

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