After winning the La Liga title on ten occasions during his glittering career at Barcelona, Lionel Messi picked up his first-ever league title away from the Catalans on Saturday night.
Having left Barça for Paris Saint-Germain last summer on a Bosman deal, Messi has had a difficult time at his new club. But Saturday was a joyous occasion for the 34-year-old as he helped Les Parisiens reclaim the Ligue 1 crown with a draw over RC Lens.
The Parisian giants had lost out to Lille in the title race last season. And while they have fluffed their lines in other competitions this term, Mauricio Pochettino’s men the Ligue 1 title has been firmly in their grasp since very early in the campaign.
And, on Saturday, they officially sealed the title triumph following a 1-1 draw against Lens at home, completing the victory with still four games left to be played in the competition.
Messi, who has found goals hard to come by in Ligue 1 this season, was on target on Saturday, though, to help his team clinch the Ligue 1 crown.
The Argentina captain opened the scoring for PSG in the 68th minute, as he curled an absolutely stunning strike into the top corner after receiving the ball from Neymar at the edge of the box.
While RC Lens would go on to equalise later in the game through Corentin Jean, the draw was enough for PSG to lift the Ligue 1 crown for the tenth time in their history, becoming the joint-most successful side in the competition alongside St. Etienne.
Messi has more than played his part with four goals and as many as 13 assists in Ligue 1, with only teammate Kylian Mbappe setting up more goals (14) in the competition.
It is the former Barcelona captain’s 39th career title and one he will cherish very much considering that he has had quite a few ups and downs in his debut season in France.