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Messi set for PSG Champions League debut at Club Brugge

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Lionel Messi is set to make his debut in the Champions League with Paris Saint-Germain after being included in the squad to face Club Brugge on Wednesday.

The Argentina superstar made a shock move to PSG on a free transfer in August after FC Barcelona could not meet La Liga’s financial requirements to offer him a new contract.

Messi has played only 24 minutes of football for PSG, that coming as a substitute in the 4-0 rout of Reims before the international break.

It remains to be seen if Messi will start against Brugge but he is in the travelling party for the trip to Belgium.

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Messi is one of the most decorated players in Champions League history, having won the competition four times with Barca.

It he does play, it would represent a landmark 150th appearance for Messi in Europe’s premier competition, and first not playing for Los Cules.

He has scored an incredible 120 Champions League goals, a tally surpassed only by the 135 of Manchester United star and long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

However, centre back Sergio Ramos must continue his wait to make his debut for PSG.

Ramos who was signed on a free transfer from Real Madrid FC, remains absent with a left thigh injury.

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He is also a four-time winner of the Champions League, lifting the trophy three years in succession between 2016 and 2018.

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