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Sergio Ramos finally made his Paris Saint-Germain debut – but watched his thunderbolts stolen by an awe-inspiring Lionel Messi.
LaLiga’s previous partners all acted for the French giants in a 3-1 win at St Etienne.
It was Real Madrid captain Ramos’ long-awaited first outing for the club after A muscle injury kept him out at the start of the season.
The Spanish defender, 35, joined the Ligue 1 side in the summer on a free from Real, and a few weeks later the Argentine legend Messi from Barcelona as a freelance agent.
Both started in PSG’s all-star squad at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard and Ramos had a solid start – but it was Messi who stole the show by scoring all three goals for them.
The hosts took the lead in the 23rd minute in snowy conditions with a goal from Denis Bouanga but they struggled against it when they were sent off at half-time by Timothee Kolodziejczak for a trip in. Kylian Mbappe.
Messi took control then with a free kick from Kolodziejczak’s foul, which was headed by Marquinhos to make it 1-1.
They took the lead in the 11th minute when Messi found Angel Di Maria and he shot into the far corner.
And they sealed victory in injury time when Messi crossed Marquinhos to head his second.
The win extended PSG’s Ligue 1 lead to 14 points but it was marred by an injury Neymar.
Brazilian superstar is taken out on a stretcher with an ankle injury after a tackle from Yvann Macon five minutes ago.
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