Lionel Messi is set to make his Champions League debut with Paris Saint-Germain after being included in the squad to face Club Brugge on Wednesday.
The Argentine superstar shocked at Parc des Princes in a free transfer last month after Barcelona were unable to meet La Liga financial demands to offer him a new contract.
Messi has only played 24 minutes of football for PSG so far, with that coming as a substitute in Reims’ 4-0 rout ahead of the international break.
It remains to be seen whether Messi will start against Bruges but he is in the group of itinerants for the trip to Belgium.
Messi is one of the most decorated players in Champions League history, having won the competition four times with Barca.
If he does play, it would represent a historic 150th appearance for Messi in the first European competition, and initially would not play for Los Cules.
He has scored 120 Champions League goals, a total surpassed only by the 135 for Manchester United star and longtime rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
During their time at Barcelona, Messi and Neymar combined nine Champions League goals in 33 side-to-side appearances (five goals from Messi, four goals from Neymar). Since 2003-04, only six duos have combined for 10 or more goals in the competition, with three of those pairs involving Messi – 15 with Andres Iniesta, 12 with Luis Suarez and 10 with Dani Alves.
However, center-back Sergio Ramos must continue his wait to make his PSG debut. Signed on a free transfer from Real Madrid, the Spanish legend remains absent with a left thigh injury.
Ramos is also a four-time Champions League winner, lifting the trophy three years in a row between 2016 and 2018.