It all seems as though Lionel Messi will be making his first start with Paris Saint-Germain against Club Brugge in the first group stage match of the UEFA Champions League. 

If Messi does play close to 90 minutes, then there’s a chance that a free-kick opportunity could present itself during the match. Brugge goalkeeper Simon Mignolet spoke at a press conference where he discussed if he’s ready to defend a free-kick shot from Messi should the situation occur. 

“His free kicks? We laughed about it yesterday. We have a machine that shoots free kicks at a target at the same speed, but even with such a machine, you can’t emulate Messi’s hitting technique. No one can prepare you for the kick of the best player in the world!” Mignolet said. 

This article first appeared on PSG Talk and was syndicated with permission.

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