Messi has a night to forget after winning 7th Ballon d’Or as PSG are held at home

Chidalu Obiajulu

The Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi has a night to forget as Paris Saint German were held at home (Parc de Prince) on a goalless stalemate, in what is a boring Ligue encounter on Wednesday night.

The Argentine captain Lionel Messi who missed Tuesday’s training with a bout of gastro-enteritis a day after claiming a record-extending seventh Ballon d’Or, was on par with an uninspired PSG who stayed top of the standings with 41 points from 16 games.

Olympique de Marseille won at Nantes and leapfrogged Stade Rennais,as they lost at home to current champions Paris Saint German.

The only french team to have won the UCL trophy Marseille with a game in hand, have 29 points on 2nd position, with Rennes on 28 and Nice in fourth place on 27.

While RC Lens, who are yet to get a win in their last 3 match, are fifth on 26 points after drawing 2-2 at promoted Clermont.

Before the encounter in Paris, Messi displayed his 7th Ballon d’or trophy to the fans, and so with Gianluigi Donnaruma as he presented his yaschin trophy as the best goalkeeper, but the performance of PSG was far from entertaining.

The Parisians enjoyed majority of the possession but Nice were looking to hit them on the break and they had a huge opportunity just before the hour when the Danish player Kasper Dolberg’s header crashed on to Donnarumma’s post.

It was a game filled with deteriorating and abysmal display,as Mauricio Pochettino’s side continues to struggle.

Second placed Marseille are now 12 points behind PSG with a game in hand,after having a brilliant performance over Nantes.

Gerson scored in the 30th minute with a fine shot on the turn, two minutes before Nantes were reduced to 10 men when defender Nicolas Pallois picked up a second yellow card.

The current champions Lille, who have struggled to find a consistent form, were their old self 2020/21 season over Stade Rennes with Xeka and Renato Sanches scoring before the break, a week before the side travel to Wolfsburg in a key Champions League game.

The Parisians travel to fifth-placed on Saturday in what will be a thrilling encounter, while Marseille host Brest, who are currently 11th, on the same day.

While the Third-placed club Rennes travel to bottom-of-the-table Saint Etienne in the early game on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

While Nice who held PSG to a stalemate and wanted to kill off the game, welcome Strasbourg, who moved up to sixth after dismantling Bordeaux 5-2 In what is a dominant display.