Since his return from the World Cup, the Argentine has faced criticism, and rightfully so.
His performances have not lived up to expectations, and an unauthorized trip to Saudi Arabia resulted in a suspension.
However, Messi’s undeniable talent was on full display in the match against Strasbourg.
PSG’s journey to the Ligue 1 title has been far from easy, marked by disappointing displays and lackluster results.
The game on Saturday was no exception, lacking convincing moments and ending in a modest 1-1 draw.
Nonetheless, the Parisians relied on their World Cup winner to clinch their 11th Ligue 1 crown, with Messi scoring their lone goal in a somewhat underwhelming affair.
Strasbourg displayed courage by attacking the league leaders on their home turf.
Gianluigi Donnarumma showcased his skills early in the game, making several impressive saves, while the hosts also came close to hitting the woodwork.
However, once PSG settled into the match, Strasbourg struggled to create significant opportunities.
The inevitable breakthrough arrived just before the 60th minute mark when Kylian Mbappe threaded a pass to Messi, who expertly curled the ball into the far corner.
This trademark finish marked his 496th European goal, potentially his final one in a PSG jersey.
PSG are now the team with the most Ligue 1 Titles (11), surpassing St. Etienne who has 10.