Verratti scores first Ligue 1 goal in over 4 years

epa09705457 Paris Saint Germain's Marco Verratti celebrates after scoring the first goal during the French Ligue 1 soccer match between PSG and Stade Reims at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, 23 January 2022. EPA-EFE/Christophe Petit Tesson

Marco Verratti scored his first Ligue 1 goal for Paris Saint-Germain in over four and a half years in their match against Stade de Reims tonight.

The Italian midfielder hadn’t scored in the French topflight in 1723 days, with his last league goal prior to this one coming in a 5-0 win over SC Bastia back in May 2017. He has never been a particularly prolific goalscorer, only netting 10 times across 363 appearances for PSG since his arrival in 2012.

In his 78 appearances for Pescara before his move to France, Verratti scored twice, and he has netted three goals for the Italian national team, with the most recent of these coming back in July 2019, in a 2-1 win over Bosnia.

Contracted to PSG until 2024, Verratti is one of the best midfielders in Ligue 1 and is a consistent part of Roberto Mancini’s Azzurri squad. The Italian coach will be hoping to have the former Pescara man fit and available for the upcoming World Cup playoffs.

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