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Messi leads PSG to record-tying 10th French league title

Update : 24 Apr 2022, 11:22

Argentine superstar Lionel Messi’s goal in Paris Saint-Germain ‘s 1-1 home draw against Lens helped the French giants clinch the 2021-22 Ligue 1 title at the Parc des Princes on Saturday night.

Mauricio Pochettino’s troops returned to action a short time ago, welcoming RC Lens to the Parc des Princes in the knowledge that anything but a defeat would see them open up an insurmountable advantage atop the French top-flight.

After being picked out by attacking partner in crime Neymar 25 yards from goal, Messi took one touch to get the ball out of his feet, before unleashing an unstoppable left-footed effort beyond the clutches of Jean-Louis Leca in the Lens goal.

PSG only needed a point to confirm their status as champions on the night but were heading for three when Messi struck a stunning effort in the second half.

Franck Haise’s side proved to be a dangerous proposition on the counter at the Parc des Princes, but a goalless first half suited Pochettino’s side down to the ground before Messi’s long-range stunner in the 68th minute.

A section of the PSG fanbase elected not to watch their side see out the game, though, with 75th-minute protests seeing the stands empty before Jean tapped home in acres of space with two minutes remaining.

PSG completed the job to secure a record-equalling 10th French top flight crown – moving level with Saint-Etienne.

A point for seventh-placed Lens sees them remain two points adrift of the European places, with most sides around them boasting a game in hand.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner’s sensational score came in the 68th minute of the match on an assist from Neymar, who was one of the first to greet a celebrating Messi on the pitch. Saturday’s win also marks the first trophy won by the highly-touted Messi-Neymar-Mbappé trio since the 34-year-old Messi left Barcelona last summer.

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